A Date at the Prom

IMG_2872IMG_2827Wilsons Promontory, or the Prom, as it’s more affectionately known, is one of my favourite places in the world. Lucky for me it’s right here in Victoria, only three hours from my hometown of Melbourne. As a girl I loved to visit here with my family, enjoying day trips, and leaving at the crack of dawn. Now it’s the perfect getaway to introduce my own family to this beautiful part of Victoria.

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The first glimpse of the Prom takes your breath away. Blue waters, endless big skies, distant mountains. Just a taste of what’s on offer in this National Park.

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The sign says it all. Wildlife is everywhere here. Kangaroos, koalas, emus and wombats. Lots and lots of wombats. Watch out for them on the roads and if you’re camping In Tidal River, make sure you secure your boxes at night. And take a torch if you’re out walking or you might accidentally trip over one!

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This old girl was very close to where we had our picnic lunch. Maybe not so old as we discovered she was carrying a baby in her pouch.

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The area around Tidal River has spectacular scenery, beautiful pristine beaches  and wonderful walking tracks to enjoy. A steep walk up Mount Oberon is a must do for first time visitors with the view at the top simply spectacular. Other less strenuous walks include tracks to Pillar Point for equally inspiring views of the magnificent coastline. There are day walks to places like Lilly Pilly Gully, overnight walks, treks to the lighthouse – so many trails to discover. Allow lots of time. This is a bushwalker’s paradise.

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The beaches around the Prom are beautiful and pristine, windswept and wild depending on the time of year.  Whisky Bay and the aptly named Squeaky Beach bring back vivid memories of squeaking through pure white sand and climbing the rocks during childhood visits here. Make sure you take your camera as the area is a photographer’s dream.

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This is a mere snapshot of why I love this place.  It’s natural beauty and wildlife, the beaches and untouched wilderness makes this glorious place on the southern most tip of Victoria a nature lover’s paradise. I can’t wait to go back.


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