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Wilsons Promontory
Travel Guide – Victoria

Wilsons Promontory Weekend Getaway

Wilsons Promontory is a fascinating area of Victoria that is known for its jaw-dropping coastal views and diverse wildlife. When you explore this amazing natural world, you will be impressed by rugged terrain and landscapes. Wilsons Promontory is protected by the two large national parks. Wilsons Promontory National Park and Wilsons Promontory Marine Park have plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, sightseeing, camping, and other exciting activities. Your holiday getaway in Wilsons Promontory will inspire every member of your family to explore the great outdoors.

History

Wilsons Promontory has been occupied by Aboriginal groups for thousands of years. Anthropologists and Aboriginal historians suggest that the Gunai and Boonerwrung Aborgines have lived on the peninsula for at least 6,500 years. The Aborigines lived in isolation from the rest of world until the 18th century. In 1798, the explorer George Bass discovered Wilsons Promontory. Bass initially believed that the peninsula was a previously discovered landmass, but he learned that it was uncharted territory after a discussion with Matthew Flinders. While Wilsons Promontory has valuable stone and marine resources, it has never been exploited for economic purposes.

Things to see and do in Wilsons Promontory

This area of Victoria is colloquially referred to as the Prom. The Prom is situated in the Gippsland region, so you can expect magical ocean waters that are sheltered by tall cliffs. During your journey, to the area, you will witness the landscape slowly transition from plains to coastal rain forests. When you finally reach your destination, you will be surrounded by coastal heathland, beaches, and bodies of water. The entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park is located 160 kilometres southeast of Melbourne.

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

Walking trail in the bush, with tall trees at Wilsons Promontory.

Experience the magnificent bodies of water that protect the peninsula by visiting Waterloo Beach. This gorgeous stretch of white sand is adorned with large boulders. Millions of years of erosion and oxidisation have coloured these rocks with intricate red patterns. Enjoy the idyllic atmosphere of Waterloo Beach by laying on the warm soft sand as you gaze at the azure sky. If you would like to experience the area from an adventurous perspective, use a kayak to explore the coastline of the peninsula. You will be thrilled to see waves breaking on the coastal cliffs as you paddle across the powerful ocean waters.

Climb to the summit of Mount Oberon to see unforgettable ocean views. You will trek through temperate rain forests and coastal heathland before you ascend the slopes of this famous mountain. The high altitude of Mount Oberon ensures that it receives windy and chilly conditions throughout the year, so you may wish to bring a light jumper.

Climate conditions

Wilsons Promontory is the southernmost peninsula on the Australian continent. Due to its location between Bass Strait, the Tasman Sea, and the Great Australian Bight, Wilsons Promontory’s climate is regulated by oceanic patterns. The area receives about 1,100 millimetres of annual rainfall, and the average maximum monthly temperatures range from 12 to 20 degrees.