Known to most Australians as “the Prom”, the mainland’s southernmost national park is a mecca of unspoiled wilderness that is highly accessible from Melbourne, which is about 160 km (99 miles) to the northwest. Here you’ll find eucalyptus rainforest, small mountains, and great stretches of coastline that deserve to be the setting of a post-apocalyptic film. Whether you’re exploring a hidden, sandy cove or taking a multi-day bushwalk (try the circuit walk through Refuge Cove and the rock-humped summit of Mount Oberon), there is plenty of adventure to be had on Wilsons Promontory.
The best camping is situated near the mouth of the Tidal River, where there are accommodations, food, and even an open-air cinema during the summer months. The beach access from here is great and it is a convenient camping area for those who want to climb the aforementioned Mount Oberon for the spectacular ocean views. Also, some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Victoria can be done in these clear waters, although you’ll have to rent or bring your equipment.
Note:Tidal River will become quite popular during high season, so, despite having hundreds of campsites, it may behoove you to make reservations through the park office.