Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park
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Wilsons Promontory National Park is the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. Walk remote coastal bushland trails and swim at pristine beaches dominated by granite tors. Camp in comfort at family-friendly Tidal River or hike to a more secluded campsite. Either way, the local wombats, kangaroos and emus are waiting to meet you. Swim at Norman Beach or one of The Prom's more secluded beaches. Go snorkelling for a unique underwater view of Victoria's largest marine national park. Scale the granite peaks of Mount Bishop or Mount Oberon for panoramic views, or enjoy an overnight hike. In the north there's a remote and rugged wilderness to explore, while the south is home to the historic Wilsons Promontory Lightstation and Sealers Cove.
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,743 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
My wife and I drove here from the RACV Resort in Inverloch where we stayed for two nights during a recent holiday.

We have been here many times over the years and visited this time specifically for a Boat Cruise with Pennicott Boat Cruises to see Skull Rock and other places from the Boat.

We will return again next year, as this is one of our favourite places to visit in Victoria for hiking.
Written 20 October 2023
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Megan C
Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Mar. 2023
Only had one night here but we stayed in the Tidal River Campground which was great, and has the visitor centre and a small general store there too. A great base for some hiking and we chose to do Lilly Pilly Gully & Mount Bishop. Even with the bad weather, we were lucky that this walk is fairly sheltered and the weather cleared enough for us at the summit. No rain whilst at the top and the clouds had cleared for enough time that we could enjoy the view. 14km in total for our whole hike from Tidal River Campground, but a great one at that. Keen to come back and explore the park more in the future with more time.
Written 26 March 2023
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David M
34 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Beautiful Beaches - Bathrooms could be updated in Day Area.
Worth the drive going to Squeaky Beach.
So picturesque and clean.
Beautiful for a quiet chill visit
Written 5 January 2023
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stephen w
1 contribution
Nov. 2022
a long walk but well worthy of the pain...

southpoint of mainland Australia... 3810km north point easy, Bryon bay easy point easy.... west point shark bay easy...

South point normally part of a 3-4day trek through wilsions pomartay.. it can be done in 1 day.... I have a gamin watch it showed a total of 31km with just 960 vertical meter... 6.75 hours movement and 8.75 hours total time. aveage speed 4.8 kph over movement time...

I made this walk with my father (73 yeas old) and myself at 44 years old

rate you fitness at well done too try this in one day.... I was walking 20 plus ks a day with 200n vertical meter and a still walked away lame
Written 19 December 2022
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AussiesOnTheGo2018
Wodonga, Australia9 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Went with Park Trek Walking Tours.
Sm groups, knowledgeable guides, great destinations, well organized, catered to all tastes, plenty of good, healthy food, good accommodation.
Written 3 December 2022
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Peter S
Rome, Italy3,944 contributions
Jan. 2022
Review: Homestead Cemetery, Wilsons Prom, Entrance to National Park, Yanakie VIC 3960

If you’re in Wilsons Prom you have to take time out to visit the Yanakie homestead cemetery one time to appreciate the history of where you are; not simply because of the beauty of the land around you, but for a brief understanding of what the challenges of the place would have been when it represented the ‘back-blocks’. Sure, take in your spectacular surroundings, but also reflect upon the poignancy of where you are - the five people buried there c.150 years ago. It feels hard and remote today. Imagine the choices made by the handful of early Victorian pioneers who chose to establish their homes in this isolated bush country – imagine the risks for the children raised by the families.
You access the homestead cemetery by parking in the Stockyards Camp Ground and walking 300 metres up the shallow slope to the cemetery. You’ll see the sign board pointing the way. The Stockyards Camp Ground is across from the entrance kiosk into the park – where you stop for vehicle check-in. There are separate roads/lanes for entry and exit to the park, and it’s easier to enter the Stockyards Camp Ground from the exit road (heading towards Yanakie). So, program half-hour at the end of your day in the park for the side-trip required.
Is it worth a visit? This depends on your interests (and your imagination) of those earlier times when Wilsons Prom was quite literally at the end of the known world. Of the five people buried in this isolated small cemetery, three were from the same family (and buried in a single grave). You can find their stories on the boards at the Stockyards Camp Ground, at the Cemetery and on the web. There was the Scotsman James McKeich who leased Yanakie Station and Mary, his wife, and their youngest son William. The latter was particularly tragic – death from falling into a tub of scalding hot water – 16-months old.
A second grave contains the even younger 7-month old Alice Musgrave, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper at Wilsons Prom at the time - Thomas Musgrave. He held tenure 1869-78. Alice’s story is equally tragic. Falling ill she was carried on horseback across the bleak terrain of Wilsons Prom hill country only to die at Yanakie Station. She was >50 km from home with three times this distance still to travel to reach the nearest medical attention.
The third grave is that of the Rev. William Brown an Anglican Minister from Melbourne who, according to the sign at the cemetery, fell ill and died whist visiting Yanakie Station – notwithstanding the nursing of his wife and of Mrs Davis (ex-Mrs McKeich, who had remarried after the death of her husband in 1865).
The Rev. Brown’s grave is the only easily recognizable grave with inscribed/named headstone and decorative iron palling fence. The large white stone that also features in the cemetery is presumably that of the McKeich Family notwithstanding neither inscriptions nor identification board. There is no reference to the location/marker for the third grave – that of Alice Musgrave.
The access path from the Stockyards Campsite was open, easy to negotiate and provided comfortable walking*. The cemetery, unfortunately, was unkempt with the two easily identified graves overgrown and difficult to appreciate. The metal fence was bent in places – suggesting … what? Damage from mowing, falling branches/timber, vandalism – surely not?
The surrounding area within the occasional wooden posts/cross-members that provided some indication of the extend of the cemetery had been mown (and presumably is mown at irregular intervals), but was overgrown at the time of the visit with tall grasses and crowded-in with the surrounding bush/trees.
The cemetery records the period of the early settlers/land occupation - now almost 200 years ago. Isolated rural communities such as that at Yanakie Station faced considerable hardship when setting up home and pioneering land as reflected in the loss of children and, equally, in the short life spans of the adults (when compared to the modern day). The cemetery is testament to the fortitude of these early people that we remain with the memorabilia/rewards of their times - the developed agricultural lands of East Gippsland and the security at sea provided by the lighthouse at South-East Point.
Scope for re-developing and/or some TLC at the Cemetery by way of respect for these early people who pioneered and helped establish modern-day Mr & Mrs Australia?

Peter Steele
04 November 2022

*Check out the photo of the Tiger Snake (Notechis scrutalus). This one was on the footpath to the cemetery. You’ll find a description in Wikipedia. Highly venomous. Found throughout the park. Protected with fines/prison sentences.
Written 7 November 2022
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Kyls73
Newcastle, Australia87 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Friends
A fantastic area for hiking, we stayed at Tidal River and drove to Telegraph Saddle car park to start our day hike to South Point. The gates to the car park are open all hours except when the bus is operating which is during peak times (check with Victoria Parks for dates). If the bus is running walk times are restricted to bus times. We were advised the walk to South Point (mainland Australia's southern most point) would take 10 hours and that it was a hard walk. It definately was a long walk but we did it in 7 hours (including an hour stop at the point). The walk is predominantly on dirt roads with the last 8km on a bush track. I found it very difficult to find information on this hike prior to doing it, it was recommended as an overnight hike and noone could tell me if there was a sign announcing you were at South Point. I can tell you that a person of average fitness can do the walk in one day (34km), take plenty of water and supplies, there is a new sign that announces you are at South Point, a similar sign to Australia's other points. A beautiful part of the world with many hikes of varying lengths and difficulties. Highly recommend a trip to Wilsons Promontory.
Written 9 October 2022
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Ravinder S
Melbourne, Australia258 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
Wow is all I can say. The park is so beautiful and picturesque, it’s hard to put in words and photos do not give justice to the beauty in front you round each bend. The beaches are all sublime from the famous squeaky beach, whisky beach and beautiful tidal river.

Only about 2 and a half hours from Melbourne, a must place to visit over and over again.
Written 2 August 2022
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FoodnTravelreviews
Australia472 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
The national Park itself is stunning. I've done a few of the walks and the views are spectacular. I really wish They would start charging for park entry purely so that they will put the money back into modernising the facilities especially the public toilets at tidal river next to the general store. Although they did have soap and warm water which is great,the toilet block itself is in serious need of maintenance.
Written 14 May 2022
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Kate G
15 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Friends
This is my favourite place in the world. I’ve travelled far and wide. I return at least twice a year and have done so for 45 years. I love the prom in all seasons. It grounds me. It is very special.
Written 14 April 2022
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