Southenmost point on the Australian continent
14.12.2012 - 18.12.2012 18 °C
Wilsons Promontory National Park is a small peninsula at the southenmost tip of the Australian continent and offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains (hence being named a promontory), open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines.
This is our second trip to Wilsons Prom but the previous visit, about 8 years ago, was just a day visit and it was nice to be able to spend more time here to explore the area. We camped at Tidal River (a huge, busy campground of almost 500 campsites) for 4 days but unfortunately the first three days were cold and rainy with strong gusty winds which kept us in the Quantum, but the next day was nice and we did a number of walks. A huge wombat was a regular visitor at night. One evening we were sitting outside watching television when I felt something nibbling at my toes and was suprised to see it was this huge wombat sniffing through our kitchen area.
Squeaky Beach is a 3 km walk from Tidal River and has rounded quartz sand that ‘squeaks’ when you walk on it. The lookouts over Tidal River and from Pillar Point are breathtaking and worth the hike.
The park sustained extensive damage after a once in 300 year flood event on 22 March 2011 and some of the roads and tracks are unfortunately still closed.
This will conclude our visit to the eastern side of the Australian continent. It took us 4 months and 7,000 kilmeters to travel from the tip of Cape York to Wilsons Prom. We will travel to Phillip Island from here.