Best Day Walks At ‘The Prom’

Wilsons Prom, The Prom, Cape Paterson, Victoria National Parks

Victoria’s oldest and one of the best-loved National Parks – Wilsons Promontory National Park (or ‘The Prom’) is the southernmost point of mainland Australia covering over 50,000 hectares. It is home to more than 800 native plant species, 30 species of mammals and over 180 species of birds. Along with stunning coastal scenery, pristine wilderness and hidden coves and bays only reachable by foot or boat – the Prom is a wonderful place to discover on your next getaway.

A 90-minute drive from our Cape Paterson Holiday Park, set off early to make the most of the best short walks that the Prom has to offer!

Squeaky Beach

The famous white sand of Squeaky Beach is one of the parks most iconic locations. The rounded grains of quartz rub against each other every time you step making a squeaking sound, giving this popular local beach its name.

There is easy access with a car park 300m away, but parking does get filled up quickly during the school holidays.

For those who are after a short adventure, there is a 3.8km / 1.5-hour walk to Squeaky Beach via Tidal Overlook Walk starting at Lilly Pilly Gully carpark. This walk offers some of the best views of the Prom west coast!

If you’re after the best of both land and sea at the Prom, the Three Bays Walk is a 12.4km / 4 hours walk connecting three beaches (Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay and Whisky Bay), travelling between track and beach.

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Squeaky Beach. Source: Visit Victoria.

Wilsons Prom Wildlife Walk

Highly recommended – this 45 minute walk across open grasslands is the perfect opportunity to meet some local wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus and even a wombat or two! Don’t forget with all wild animals, try and stay a safe distance from them, and please don’t feed them.

A visit in spring is extra special as beautiful displays of wildflowers including orchids, wattle and heathland blossom throughout the park.

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Emus and wildlife at The Prom. Source: Visit Victoria.

Mount Oberon Summit Hike

A more challenging uphill hike to the top of Mt Oberon, the 3.4km / 1-hour walk offers panoramic views of the coast and offshore islands at the top – a sight you shouldn’t miss! You can park at Telegraph Saddle, but during peak season the road leading up is blocked and a free shuttle bus operates every 30 mintues from Tidal River to the Telegraph Saddle.

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Mt Oberon Summit, Wilsons Prom National Park. Image: Visit Victoria.

The Big Drift

If you have time to squeeze in a quick 20 minute walk, the wilderness of endless sand dunes at The Big Drift is a perfect way to end your day at The Prom – sometimes it feels like you’ve stepped into the middle of the Sahara Desert!

You can find careful signage around as it’s easy to lose your way back or bring some rocks or sticks and leave a trail from your car.

Big Drift, sand dunes
The Big Drift. Source: HumbleTrail.

You can download a map of The Prom here or pick one up at the entrance on the way in.

 

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