The name Wilsons Promontory conjures up promenading…however this is not the case in this ‘back to nature’ environment. This is one of the southern most park areas of Victoria with the Tidal River inlet and lots of wonderfully named beaches such as Squeaky beach, Whisky Beach and Picnic Bay. Squeaky beach however takes the squeak of excitement out of your mouth and into your feet as you tread across this white sand, it is a long white beach with a scattering of interesting rocks to clamber over.
If you like hiking this is the place for you with so many interesting walks that are sign posted and easy to follow. The visitor information center has lots of free information and the staff are extremely helpful and can assist you with planning your bush (forest) hike depending on the time you have available and your level of fitness; this is located next to the Tidal River Café that do excellent fish and chips to start your long hike.
Wilsons Promontory is approx. a 3hour drive South of Melbourne and well worth the drive. We parked at Tidal River Café and then walked to (and through) Lilly Pilly Gully Car park and up to Mt Bishop to the top 319m above sea level and a great look out point (much better on a clear and non-rainy day) however, at least it was cool to hike up to the top (approx. a 9-10km round trip hike). Do ensure you take water and wear sunscreen; best to wear layered clothing so easily to put on or remove when you get hot.
You can see quite a lot of insects and bugs…thankfully no snakes on this occasion.
The native flowers and fauna that you can see enroute are spectacular and crossing rivers on man-made bridges and following interesting tracks and trails are wonderful. We can’t wait to return and explore Mt Oberon next time…perhaps next month. If you have time do stay overnight in the area in one of the camp sites or small nearby hotels (pre-booking is a must), however if you are time poor like us then you can do a round-trip from Melbourne and do a hike and a beach in a day but do try and leave by 5pm in November as the sunsets are at 8pm and the first 2 hours of your drive have poor highway lighting so you do need to keep your wits about you once the sunset hits if you leave later.
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