Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s most loved National Parks. It’s the southern most point of mainland Australia. It’s full of great beaches, fern gullies, spectacular viewpoints and plenty of opportunities for viewing wildlife.
And believe me, there is plenty of wildlife in the park. As we first entered the park we saw an emu running along the side of the road, and of course, plenty of kangaroos and wallabies. There were watch for wombat signs by the side of the road, but we didn’t expect to see one. They are pretty rare and elusive. I have never even seen a wombat at the zoo, they are always hiding in their burrows.
The main point in the park, and the location of the visitor centre is Tidal River. We had planned to go there first, but there were too many interesting stops along the way.
Our first stop was at the Darby River parking spot. Dan stopped to take some photos of the beautiful creek before we headed down the 1 km each way hike to a sandy cove. The high sand dunes sheltered us from the wind.
Next we headed to the Lilly Pilly Gully parking area. There are a couple short and easy walks in this area. Head to the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature walk to meander through heathland and temperate rain forest. Or head across the road to the Lilly Pilly Link walk, which is not only short and easy for little ones, it is also suitable for prams. Of course, typical Dan changed his mind at the last minute, so instead of the pram suitable boardwalk we ended up dragging the pram and ourselves up the Tidal Overlook walk to an impressive viewpoint over the park. Ok sure, it was a great view, but I was dressed for a boardwalk, not a mountain climb! I was the only person on the trail in a dress and boots instead of hiking boots!
Finally we reached the main area of Tidal River. Here there is a great camping ground with easy access to this gorgeous sweeping beach. We visited all of these fantastic spots in just an afternoon. As we started to head out of the park I saw a lump towards the side of the road, nosing around in the grass.
WOMBAT! I yelled! We pulled over and got out to check him out and take some photos. The wombat wasn’t bothered at all by our presence, and although he looks cute and cuddly, don’t get too close. Wombats have been known to occasionally attack humans, although that is rare and usually only when provoked.
We visited Wilsons Promontory as part of our Gippsland adventure tour with Choice Hotels. Stay tuned to hear more about our adventures and the fantastic locations we visited. Want to win your own Aussie Road Trip Adventure? Check out the Tom Williams Aussie Adventures competition for your chance to win.