Meet mainland Australia’s southernmost park, Wilsons Promontory. It may also be the most picturesque. Surprisingly, so much of what makes ‘The Prom’ one of the most special places on the planet is available with just a short hike. Casual visitors will find that they don’t need to backpack their way through the park to find elevated views, roaming and deserted beaches. In fact, there’s plenty of hikes possible that incorporate the best of Wilsons Prom, all within 90 minutes of a car park. Here are a few of our favourites:
A five minute walk from the main locality of Tidal River, this beach view never disappoints.
Norman Beach from higher up
Tidal River is the starting point for several short walks that lead to spectacular views including this one of Norman Beach.
Little Oberon Bay
At the end of Lake Norman is a track that, in 40-50 minutes of walking, will deliver you to Oberon Bay. You may just have the place all to yourself.
Just park the car at the nearby car park and follow the short path to the beach. Make sure to listen for the squeaking sand before you admire this view.
Squeaky Beach from higher up
Or, access Squeaky Beach via the Squeaky Beach Track from Tidal River, where you’ll get a magnificent view before descending down to sea-level.
One beach over from Squeaky Beach, you’ll find Whisky Bay. Just like its neighbor, this beach is accessible in minutes from a nearby car park. Walk right on Whisky Bay’s bouldered coast for a scenic spot.
With its own car park, the Darby River isn’t hard to find and photograph.
It’s an hour’s hike to the top, but the view at the top is always worth it.
Cotters Lake Track
Cotters Lake (and beach) is just a short walk from the nearby car park and you never know who you might run into on the way.
Of course, once you arrive to Cotters Beach, the view is pretty good as well.
Prom Wildlife Walk
You don’t have to go far to see kangaroos, emus and even wombats in the park. Drive to the entrance of the Prom Wildlife Walk and within 10-20 minutes you should be able to easily spot some Australian animals.
Not far from the main road lies these enormous sand dunes that live up to their name. Several tracks lead to this unique sandy spot, which makes for out-of-this-world pictures.
You don’t have to be a seasoned backpacker or an olympian to access any of these views. They’re all waiting for you, just a short walk away. Ready to get to these spots? To find out more about Wilsons Prom and other Victoria travel information, head to our website www.visitmelbourne.com.