Weekend travel escapes at your doorstep. Part 1: Wilsons Promontory National Park.

We have only recently moved to Victoria but on our weekends off work, we’ve made an effort to get out and explore some of the attractions that this state has to offer. In this series of blog articles, we thought that we’d share some of those experiences.

Just recently we took a weekend trip to Wilsons Promontory National Park in south-east Victoria. This gem of a park is only 3 hours from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city, yet it feels like a lifetime away. The park offers some breathtaking scenery with huge granite mountains giving way to white, sandy beaches and clear, blue waters. There is one main campsite that can be accessed by all vehicles located at Tidal River. This place is huge with 400+ campsites and it’s easy to see that during the busier times ie Easter and Christmas, the area may lose some of it’s secluded charm. If you decide to go on an ordinary weekend outside of holiday times like we did recently, you may be rewarded with a more tranquil camping experience.

Hiking Little Oberon Bay, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Aside from the camping, the national park offers a heap of activities for the adventurous traveller. Its clear blue waters offer great swimming and surfing conditions, although the water remains quite chilly all year round. A lack of roads into the park means that there are some fantastic opportunities for hiking and bushwalking to remote bays and beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can embark on a number of multi-day hikes. One hike in particular that is on my to-do list is to the southern most tip of the Australian mainland, Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse. Once there, you have the option for a little taste of luxury where you can book to stay in one of the self-contained cottages overlooking the rugged coastline of the Bass Strait.

Hiking Mount Oberon, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Whether you prefer camping under the stars or the luxury of a cabin, Wilsons Promontory National Park has everything you need and more. It’s not hard to see why this place has become one of Victoria’s favourite get-away destinations.

Happy Travels, 

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