This was a place I never heard of until a few days before visiting.
Despite this, it was incredible with a diverse range of landscapes and wildlife, making it a great trip!
Wilson’s Promontory, or Wilson’s Prom as it is known in Oz, is located at the bottom of the state of Victoria, the southernmost point on mainland Australia.
There are a lot of things to do in Wilson’s Promontory. From relaxing on the spectacular beaches to hiking the numerous trails in the park. Wilson’s Prom is a haven for hikers, with a number of gruelling trails throughout the park.
From Melbourne, you take the South Gippsland Highway and turn off at either Meeniyan or Foster to get to the park entrance. The drive is very scenic and if you get bored along the way there a number of places to rest such as Leongatha before you reach the prom.
As it is a national park there is not a lot of accommodation. There are a few lodges, but these can be pricey and are often booked up. The closest backpackers to Wilson’s Prom is Foster Backpackers Hostel, and they offer a bus service to the park.
Otherwise, my advice would be to rent a campervan or car and travel down yourself. This way you don’t have to rush and panic about missing buses. It also means you can see and do what you please, which is always a bonus!
An important part of this Wilson’s Promontory travel guide is understanding what the park is like. This being Australia, there are a few dangers when travelling in the country, not just Wilson’s Promontory.
As it is a national park, there are a lot of animals, so take extra care when driving through the park, especially when it’s dark.
This is when most of the animals, such as kangaroos, are around the roads. So be extra vigilant, as the last thing you want to do is damage your vehicle or kill an animal during your trip!
Toilets and rubbish bins are scarce to protect the unspoilt nature of the park. There are toilets on the path down to most of the beaches, but they are composting toilets and have no flush. So, the smell can be overwhelming and they attract a lot of flies!
Bring a plastic bag with you to put all of your rubbish in. This way you can put all your rubbish in the bag, and not worry about finding a bin! Such is the beauty of the park, the last thing you want to do is spoil it with litter!
The prom is also a good place to see marine wildlife. Seals are regular visitors to the rockpools and depending on the time of the year it’s possible to see whales and dolphins as well.
Travelling to Wilson’s Promontory is uncommon for most backpackers who visit Australia. However, that doesn’t mean you should follow suit. If you are in the country on a working holiday visa and live in Melbourne, it’s one of the best places to visit in Australia!
I recommend extending a road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne to visit Wilson’s Prom. This is what we did on our trip and it was definitely worth it!
Wilson’s Prom offers some of the best landscapes and views in Australia, plus it’s not well-known in backpacker circles. So, you can enjoy the beauty of this place, without the crowds you would get in Uluruor the Twelve Apostles!
I hope you enjoyed reading my Wilson’s Promontory travel guide! Do you agree or disagree with my assessment of the place? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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