Tidal River Campground
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Tidal River Campground

Main Rd,, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria 3960 Australia
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Can look out to Bass Strait.
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Main Rd,, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria 3960 Australia
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Joanna wrote a review Mar 2021
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a 4-bed hut. The lack of information on what is actually in the huts made it hard for us to know what to bring, so I’ve uploaded some photos for others planning a stay.

The hut slept 4 in 2 adjoined bunk beds. It is BYO bedding or you can rent sheets for $15. The only thing provided is a mattress protector for each bed. There are no blankets however there was a heater.
There is a small table and chairs, small bar fridge, oven and stove top, various pots & pans and cooking utensils, plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery. There’s also dishwashing liquid and a tea towel.

We didn’t end up bringing food with us for dinner as we weren’t sure what cooking facilities we would have, but I’d recommend bringing food as there’s not much on offer at the general store.

The huts’ location is great - away from the main camping area and close to Norman beach, just a short walk. Our hut was super close to the nearest bathroom block too which was handy.

Good simple accommodation, would be great after a long day of hiking!

Prices at this campground are not cheap but the location is unbeatable.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anne R wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The prospect of an unpowered site for The Princess (me) was daunting, let alone living in a basic campertrailer. But this location is so beautiful, it puts everything else (like no hairdryer or batterycharging) far into the background. It's an estuary location, so there's a choice of sea/surf or gentle river water. So many great walks and views to enjoy here - and a photographer's (me) dream. Frisbee golf - with a course marked out in the wide stretches of sand - or a paddle on the river, were great too. The wombats trashed our camp a couple of times looking for food (which was locked up in the car) and that was funny! The glorious parrots are tame and will land on you wanting a drink out of your wineglass or will land on your arm to beg for a bikkie. But it would all be quite different (so I'm told) when the park is chockers. The walk to the top of Mt Oberon offers breathtaking views from the top. I would go back to The Prom in a heartbeat, but not in peak season. Such a beautiful place, and I want to explore more of it. I am now being threatened with an overnight hike (sleeping on the ground!) so The Princess better get into shape for that one!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Anastasiakollis wrote a review Feb 2020
Mooloolaba, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for one night on a current road trip. Busy little gem, seems to be where all walks of like come to get away for the weekend.
Love seeing all the wildlife roam around the grounds.
Beach walk is easy and simple. River is gorgeous to stroll through. Lots of kids having a ball riding bikes. Heaps of amenities, toilets, showers, laundry, power point to charge life’s essentials. Access to clean treated water, and takeaway shop. Its really an ideal spot to get away from the hustle of life. Make sure you book way in advance to avoid disappointment
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jdlbal wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of my favourite places to visit. The first time as a child camping with my parents every year at Xmas for a number of years and then as an adult. The scenery may not have changed but the camping etiquette has.
I agree that the booking system needs to be improved with campers bypassing the central visitors booking desk and drivng straight through to a site and settlng up. Displaying a booking print out on your car made no difference as all you need to do is park you car in the carpark during the day as a day visitor, as in the case of having more cars on the site than permitted. Aren't people shrewd?
As it is first in first served we saw lots of campers take advantage of their immediate space by parking their cars in the next bay giving the impression to others that the bay was occupied thus allowing them extra privacy and being so selfish and inconsiderate. One couple close to us spread out so much they had 4 bays. One for their mobile solar panel, one for the car, one for the tent and the other for their bikes. They could not have cared any less for anyone else. Pity. We could see that many people were struggling to find spots and driving up and down for what seemd ages.Some sites are tight and others generous but of course the larger can be taken up with a much smaller tent instead of being allocated for the larger vans of today.
All up we go there to enjoy the beautiful environment and beach and to relax but sometimes its the humans that you can't escape and drown out nature.
The shop provides a whole range of items in case you've forgotten to pack some and they have the best hot chips !!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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starmagnolia wrote a review Oct 2020
Sydney
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We walked to Tidal River via Lilly Pilly Gully car park. A scenic entry providing overview of the snaking tidal river area. The path leads to bridge crossing over the tannin stained river, and onto the very inviting boardwalk which provides a gentle meandering around marshy river surrounds.

We were visitors, not camping, so cannot comment on camping facilities. Only the natural beauty and unique offerings of this popular spot in Wilsons Promontory. We were in awe. This was a most unusual place with an ancient, time forgot feeling.

The river is stunning, water colour amazing. A memorable and enchanting wilderness for children and families to explore. Inviting water play, safe sandy banks, canoeing and swimming; rocks that offer exploration and fantasy, and challenging climbing. An abundance of natural wild beauty.

We didn't have sufficient time to enjoy more of what is on offer here. The access and walks to other Wilsons Promontory attractions is interesting from here. It is the base for a feast of offerings and natural exploration.

A kiosk is available for basic camp needs, and snacks or lunches. Also a post box for mailing picturesque postcards. A popular place, so don't visit if looking for seclusion. Search out other Wilsons Promontory places for that. Tidal River a good base for that.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jeffry b wrote a review Apr 2021
Essendon, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you expect five star accommodation at the Tidal River Campground, you will be sadly deluded. Families for whom camping is a matter of choice are unlikely to be surprised. Wilson's Prom is always in demand, treat camping among the trees, surrounded by wildlife, as part of the experience. There are no luxury hotels in Wilson's Prom. It's a bit like Yosemite National Park, without the bears.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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AdW wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As we toured around vic and the fires were terrible we decided last minute to venture to Wilson's Prom and we were glad we did. Tidal river is a great destination. Busy and the campsites are close together but has great facilities that are clean and easily accessible. They allow out of state campers to stay in a reserved area for 2 nights max which was great as we had no reservation. Beaches are pristine, Bush walking and animals everywhere, kayaking, paddleboarding and plenty of other things to do. Tours in the big yellow boats are a must and it was our families highlight of the prom.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rick R wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Cant beileve it, Parks have given a permit for this massive geenerator, big enough to power a festival. You can hear it from 100mts away. When before we could hear the ocean and breeze through the TeaTree now diesel engine droning on.

Wilson Prom Doesnt Need Diesel Generator Noise Polution !!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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MrVagner wrote a review Mar 2023
Stockholm, Sweden
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tidal River is a magical place on earth. The scenery, the animals, the landscape and hikes to do.
Me and my friend had a very exciting time down there. Campspot without electricity was only $32,5 AUD / night and we could walk within 3-4 minutes to the beach.
I will definitely want to return. Seemed like a family-friendly place to be at.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Adam M wrote a review Dec 2020
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great campsite lots of wildlife, amazing beach and walks. We camped close to one of the toilet blocks. It was clean. The outside sinks for washing dishes etc and water was excellent. It was very windy, so maybe look for a site tucked into the hill.

Beware to not leave food out, (best to put in the car) as wombats do like to get into things in the middle of the night!
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Carlo B asked a question Nov 2019
Wurzburg, Germany13 contributions1 helpful vote
Do the community kitchens have fridges to store food?
Answer from rossgglover
Melbourne, Australia101 contributions14 helpful votes
In short, No.
Answer from Jacinoz
Melbourne, Australia129 contributions34 helpful votes
May i suggest you contact the park? i don't work there. i just reviewed it. Try the Parkweb website. They don't let us put a link in. But hey i had to do it the same way. Give it a try.
Answer from Geoff O
Adelaide, Australia145 contributions112 helpful votes
Just phone the Victorian Tourist Bureau and they will transfer your call to the park rangers at Tidal River campground. A powered site is $60 a night and there is only 20 powered sites if you need one,also if you are going in a caravan make sure you have your water tanks full before arrival.There are NO water taps per site just one communal tap from which you can fill your water tanks from, A must do is to climb Mt Oberon,the views from the top are amazing.
Answer from Michelle B
Melbourne, Australia229 contributions61 helpful votes
Parkweb.vic.gov.au
Jasper D wrote a tip Dec 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't drive too slowly"
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sernagg wrote a tip May 2023
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid Fridays and weekends"
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Paul H wrote a tip Apr 2023
Cornwall, United Kingdom76 contributions18 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay elsewhere"
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Vicky K wrote a tip Dec 2022
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay outside the national park & do daytrips. Service at park is poor, incl closing toilets for cleaning at peak times (eg after breakfast)"
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janine w wrote a tip Jan 2021
Melbourne, Australia278 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's camping, try & get a site away from the powered sites due to the wind."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tidal River Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Tidal River Campground?
Nearby attractions include Wilsons Promontory National Park (7.2 km), Mt Oberon Summit Walk (2.2 km), and Norman Beach (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tidal River Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Tidal River Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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