The Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of my favourites. The natural beauty you gonna experience there is very suprising and absolutely wonderful at the same time. It seems very untouched, because it is rarely visited by tourists and travellers. This really is a must see, when you travel through Victoria…
Wilsons Promontory National Park – A great insider Tip
First of all I have to say, that the Wilsons Promontory National Park was not on the list of places, that I wanted to see in Australia. Now I am very glad I have visited it. I heard of it through a friend from the UK, that I met at my work and from living in Melbourne for 3 month. Not that many people visit this wonderful national park, even though it is absolutely spectecular in my opinion. We, 3 german friends and I, went there after we visited the Grampians National Park. We discovered the Wilsons Promontory National Park for 2 days and I consider this to be one of the best places I have seen in OZ.
Wilsons Promontory – General information and history
I did not know before, but Wilsons Promontory is the most southern point of the Australian continent, if you do not count Tasmania. It lies in the south east of Victoria and is about 200 km away from Melbourne. It has a size of about 500 km², a nearly 1.300 km coastline and 120.000 visitors per year. Most of them are locals. If you compare that to the way smaller Phillip Island, than you can really consider this as kind of an insider tip.
You do not really find a lot of historical paintings and drawings there, but it is documentated, that an old aboriginal tribe lived there and pretty much owned the island. Nowerdays it is a protected national park with a lot of cool things to see.
It is a paradise for people, who are interested in wildlife and nature as well as people, who love to do various different activities. You can either discover the Wilsons Promontory National Park completely on you own or book guided tours. They include everything you need for a cool short trip into the wild. You can also book them at any time. It is never overloaded, unless it is summer. That is the only time where the park is more crowded. So make sure you book your tour early.
Wilsons Promontory – Stunning nature and wildlife
Wilsons Promontory is an epitome for stunning nature and pure wildlife. You will see so many animals in their natural habitat. Really beautiful! I experienced that through a crazy situation, that I will not forget that quick. When we reached the Wilsons Promontory National Park, it was about 11 pm. We stopped at a small custody house. It said something like “Watch out, nocturnal animal activity”. We did not really care to be honest, so we drove in.
I was looking at the drivers face, smiling like “oh yeah, well… there will not be that much activity in here for sure”. Completely false! Literally after 10 seconds he had to push the breaks as strong as I have almost never experienced someone pushing the breaks before! A small koala was passing the street and got under our car. It was dead quiet for a couple seconds… Then we realized he made it out savely 🙂 Crazy stuff! Almost drove over the cutest animal on earth, but luckely we did not.
The second day
After that we drove slow (maybe 20 miles/h) for about 20 minutes. We saw about 60 animals along our way. Koalas, kangaroos, wombats (one of my favourite animals 🙂 ), emus and a snake. Because we could not find a camping ground (there are some in the park though), we drove back outside, where we had seen one. But we noticed pretty quick, that Wilsons Promontory must be a cool place. So we went back in the next day.
In general you will find a lot of other cool stuff there as well, besides the about 30 animal species. You can discover nearly 700 plant species benefited by the all the different small climate zones in this park. You can find rain and teatree forests, swamps and the most southern mangroves on earth. So good!
Wilsons Promontory – Things to do at Wilsons Promontory
As I said, Wilsons Promontory is a paradise for nature and animal lovers. It is also a good place for sportsman or and active people. You can go wind surfing, snorkeling, fishing, rock climbing, kajaking and hiking (tracks from 3 hours to 3 days). We went for a 4-5 hour hike for example. We walked up a big hill, where the clouds were so low, that we could stay on the same level and go even higher. Seeing each other was only possible within in distance of a couple meters. We also saw some wombats and kangaroos on our way. Very cool!
Generally I would say, Wilsons Promontory is that kind of place, where you get in touch with mother nature and just relax for some time. You can spot animals, take some pictures (postcard material) or just hang out at beautiful beaches like Norman Beach, Waterloo Bay or Squeaky Beach (where the sand really squeaks 🙂 ). Wilsons Promontory has something for everyone.
Wilsons Promontory – What I have learned
As you can read here, I do not only want to give you information about all the places I have been to, but also tell some cool stories and show what you learn from travelling. The trip to the Wilsons Promontory National Park taught me something simple and very valueble. Ask for/ take advice from locals and other travellers AND go where most people would not go!
95% of the time, these are the places, that blow your mind. The places that fascinate you. The places where you would always go back to. It is the stuff you can talk about 30 years from now. And that is Wilsons Promontory for me. A place, that I will always remember…
After the Wilsons Promontory National Park the travelbug really got me and we went on to discover more of the east coast.
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