Wilsons Promontory National Park
This wild, windswept peninsula about three hours south of Melbourne is one of Victoria’s top camping getaways. Spot wildlife on coastal walks, or hike up the granite cliffs of Mount Oberon and Mount Bishop, where sweeping views of Bass Strait are the reward. Swim at protected bays like Norman Beach, Sealers Cove, and Squeaky Beach—named for its melodious grains of Read more...
This wild, windswept peninsula about three hours south of Melbourne is one of Victoria’s top camping getaways. Spot wildlife on coastal walks, or hike up the granite cliffs of Mount Oberon and Mount Bishop, where sweeping views of Bass Strait are the reward. Swim at protected bays like Norman Beach, Sealers Cove, and Squeaky Beach—named for its melodious grains of quartz sand—or leave footprints across the otherworldly Big Drift sand dunes.
“The Prom,” as it’s known to locals, has a handful of camping areas scattered among diverse terrain. From trekking to the continent’s edge on an overnight hike to glamping at the well-appointed hub of Tidal River, there’s a place for everyone under the southern stars.
- Best for families: The Prom’s most popular base camp, Tidal River Campground features hot showers, powered sites, and cabins.
- Best for wildlife watchers: Wallabies, wombats, and kangaroos are frequent visitors at the quieter Stockyard Campground.
- Best for hikers: Accessible via a two-hour walk, Sealers Cove Campground offers seclusion by the beach.
Tips for Snagging a Campsite Reservation
- Book campsites, cabins, and overnight permits online at the Parks Victoria website.
- Reservations at Tidal River over the Australian summer holidays in late December and January are awarded by ballot. Be sure to submit your ballot by the mid-July deadline.
- Most other dates are open up to 18 months in advance, so book early to avoid getting shut out.
When to Go
Summer is the best time to swim at the Prom’s beaches, while the bush blooms with wildflowers in the spring. Peak seasons include Easter, Labour Day, Melbourne Cup weekend (the last weekend in October), and Christmas, so be prepared for holiday crowds during these times. Visit during autumn for crisp weather and fewer crowds, and look out for migrating whales offshore during winter.
Know Before You Go
- Forget something? The general store at Tidal River Campground carries grocery items and a selection of gear.
- Pack plenty of water or be prepared to treat water, as drinkable water is in short supply at campsites other than Tidal River.
- Due to bushfire risk, camp fires and barbecues are not allowed anywhere in Wilsons Promontory National Park. Bring a gas or liquid stove for cooking.
- For campers with limited mobility, the Wirilda and She-oak Cabins at Tidal River are fully accessible.