Wilsons Promontory is about 200km south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland Highway (A440), Meeniyan and Fish Creek. It is the most southern point of the Australian mainland.
Booking is recommended for campsites, cabins, huts, group lodges and wilderness retreats at Tidal River, and essential during holiday periods. See the Parks Victoria website. A range of accommodation is also available outside the park entrance. The nearest towns are Fish Creek and Foster.
About the park
The Prom was first reserved as a national park in 1898, largely through action by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. However, the Prom has long been held in high esteem by several Aboriginal communities as ‘Yiruk’ or ‘Wamoon’, the home of Looern. The middens of discarded shells that are exposed in many of the bays are evidence of pre-European occupation.
In the 19th century the Prom was exploited for whales, seals, timber and tin, but the area has long had national park protection, and now the waters surrounding it are also protected in marine national parks and reserves.
In more recent times, we have led a number of successful protests at the Prom, halting proposed commercial developments. See Shine a light for Parks at the Prom
About 12,000 years ago, when an ice age greatly lowered the sea level, you could walk to Tasmania along a route marked now by Bass Strait islands between the Prom and Flinders Island. Some plants on the Prom, such as crimson berry, are very rare in Victoria but common in Tasmania.
The Prom has a great range of habitat types, including tall ash forests, banksia woodlands, cool-temperate rainforests and coastal heathlands. If you venture underwater you can see a heady mix of colourful marine life, particularly around the tumbled granite boulders off the coastline.
Ecologists are currently planning to restore the once open grassy woodlands of the Yanakie Isthmus (at the entrance to the park). A history of cattle grazing and fire have turned those once open woodlands to dense tee tree.
Discovering the Prom by Phil Ingamells: VNPA shop
A History of Wilsons Promontory by John Roslyn Garnet
Friends of the Prom
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