Top 5 Gems at Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory National Park is the southern most point of mainland Australia. Wilsons Promontory is one of the less 'talked about' road trip destinations in Victoria, but it is easily number one on our list. The national park is about a three hour drive from Melbourne CBD, located in the Gippsland region of Victoria. Due to it's location, the area often gets some wild, windy weather. We would recommend planning ahead as much as possible and try to catch some good weather when you visit. 

We visited Wilsons Promontory National Park for two nights. There are many stunning overnight hikes you can do in the park, however, we decided to stay at Tidal River campground and enjoy a few different day activities. We have complied five of our favourites into this blog. 
Also a side note, Wilsons Prom is a National Park, therefore, your furry friends aren't allowed to enter. However, there is an abundance of local wildlife including wombats, emus and birds to keep you company during your stay. 

1. MOUNT OBERON SUMMIT WALK

Climbing the summit is an absolute must-do when visiting Wilsons Prom. The walk starts from Telegraph Saddle car park and is 6.8km return. It takes approximately 1 hour to make your way to the top, then another hour back down. The hike itself is of a medium difficulty, as there is a steady incline on the way up. The path is wide, compacted gravel and there are some stairs at the top. 
Once you reach the top, you will be greeted with incredible views over both the national park, and the ocean. Make sure to take some snacks, water and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes. Warm clothes are also essential as it can get quite chilly once you reach the summit, especially in the cooler months. 
We would highly recommend completing this hike at sunrise. Watching the sun come up over the summit was one of our favourite things we've ever done. Alternatively, if you're not a morning person, the summit is still equally beautiful on a sunny day. 

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3. THE BIG DRIFT

We were ecstatic when we found these incredible sand dunes, otherwise known as The Big Drift, nestled within the national park. The dunes reminded us of landscapes seen in South or Western Australia, therefore, it's safe to say we were over the moon when we discovered these were located in our home state. 
The dunes are situated near the entrance to the national park. There is parking available at Stockyard campsite, which is where you will follow the sign posts to begin the walk to the dunes. It's a 2km, mostly easy walk through paddocks where you may be greeted by some local cows. Closer to the dunes, there are some extremely steep sandy paths that you will likely need to crawl up on your hands and knees. Lucky these are quite short & once you reach the top, you would have found the dunes. Once in the dunes, it's easy to get lost so make sure to mark your path and take careful notice of where you entered. 
We visited the dunes at sunrise. Watching the sun illuminate the dunes at dawn was something we would highly recommend. 

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5. TIDAL RIVER

If you're staying at the Tidal River campground, the actual river itself is likely just a short walk from your camp set up. Tidal River is a tranquil location, where the river mouth meets Norman Beach. It is a perfect spot to set up a picnic blanket and let the day pass by. 
We enjoyed visiting the river at dusk and soaking in the sounds of nature. Go for a wander up and down the banks and see if you can spot Whale Rock!

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2. NORMAN BEACH

Only a short walk from the Tidal River campground sits Norman beach. Norman beach is a large, open-ocean beach with rolling waves, crystal clear water and stunning cliff faces either side. 
If you're a novice surfer like us, Norman beach often offers clean, baby waves which are perfect for beginners. Some days, we had the waves all to ourselves. 
Make sure to pop back down to Norman beach with some drinks & nibbles for sunset. You may be joined by some wombats who explore the long grass behind the sand at dusk!

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4. PILLAR POINT

The Tidal River to Pillar Point circuit is a shorter walk, therefore, it is perfect to fill in an empty afternoon. Despite its size, the Pillar Point walk still offers incredible views along the way. 
Starting at Tidal River campground, the 4km walk takes about 1 hour return and it is a rather easy walk. 
Once at the Pillar Point lookout, you will be able to clamber up onto some large boulders to be greeted by sweeping views of Norman Beach. 
Make sure to take a camera on this walk to capture the stunning views from the top. 

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