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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.

Things to see and do in Wilsons Promontory

Visitors who are looking for a picturesque daytrip destination to visit on foot should follow the walking trail that leads to Sealers Cove. The return trip covers around nineteen kilometres and leads the way to some of the area’s most pristine and secluded sandy beaches.

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

Another stunning day-long hike takes visitors to Wilsons Promontory Lightstation, which is a great place for couples to spend the night. Visitors will be treated to stunning ocean views across Bass Strait and the area boasts a good range of amenities for hikers to make use of.

The northern part of Wilsons Promontory tends to be rather relaxed and visitors who take the time to check out Miller’s Landing will find plenty of space to explore this stunning natural setting. A wide range of different types of flora and fauna can be found here including rare black swans that slowly glide across the water.

People who want to spend time soaking up the sun should head to Norman Bay, where they will find a wide stretch of pristine white sand. The main beach here is also lined with amenities including excellent restaurants, cafes and bars.

Visitors who are looking for the perfect way to admire Loo Errn can spend a relaxing few hours following the Loo Errn Boardwalk Track. This is the perfect way to spot a large number of native animals in their natural environment including wallabies, echidnas, tiny marsupials and native birds.

People who hike to the top of Mt Oberon will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the area. Visitors should try to time their trip to catch sunset from the summit of this mighty mountain when the sun paints the Tidal River far below a dramatic shade of pink.

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.

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.