Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
IT’S A BIT OF A haul from Melbourne but The Prom, as it is affectionately known, makes those hours spent in the car well worth it once you arrive – and worthy of a few repeat visits at the least. There are oodles of walking tracks throughout the park, ranging from easy beach-based sojourns through to more challenging overnight walks, in both the northern and southern sections.
The East Prom Coastal Circuit is a great easy-intermediate overnighter, with only one hard section (Refuge Bay to Little Waterloo Cove) along its 35km, while Northern Prom circuit and Corner Inlet loop up the ante in difficulty. There are myriad easy short and day walks as well, some of which can be linked up if you’re keen to walk a bit longer.
For those looking for a more luxurious Prom experience, Parks Victoria has the Wilderness Retreats (tented cabins) at Tidal River, the park’s main campground. These are great for couples or families – as is the Tidal River campground in general; the 484 camping and caravan sites mean you won’t be alone but you can rest easy knowing everyone is there for the same reason: to explore and enjoy one of Victoria’s premier national parks.
For the ultimate Prom weekend experience however, we’d recommend staying in one of the three cottages at the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation. After a day or more of walking, being able to look back over the park’s coastline is most satisfying.