With a day to spare in the summer break, we thought why not make the long drive over to Wilson's Promontory. Although far, over three hours drive from where I live, the views are renowned for being worth the distance.
If you are visiting during the summer holiday season - be prepared because it will be extremely packed. After passing the entrance where you receive a map of the national park, there is one straight road all along through the park, up until the camping and main site of Tidal River. Thus we were behind quite a few cars.
At the same time, this road is a good thing as it makes it very simple to travel to different stops in the national park. Tidal River is the main site for campers and has a general store. This meant there were lots of cars, and a great deal of parking space was reserved for campers.
A scenic drive once inside Wilson's Prom, the views are worth the trip
As we found it to be completely full, we turned around and made our way to Squeaky Beach, which was the stop before Tidal River. For more detailed maps and information on the park click here.
There was also a sign saying that this car park was full - but most of the cars were parking alongside the entrance, half on the grass and half on the road, so we followed suit as it seemed most spots in the park would be similar.
Some important notes if you plan to visit - there is usually one toilet at these sites and it is a dunny drop, meaning it just goes into the ground and there is no flush. So prepare yourself for some unpleasant smells. In another effort to maintain the beauty of the park, there are no rubbish bins so make sure you bring a plastic bag and take home any rubbish.
The pristine, white sand at Squeaky Beach truly lived up to its name, with every step emitting a squeaking sound, as demonstrated in the video below.
The picnic we planned to have at Tidal River, ended up being under the shade of the trees and greenery of Squeaky Beach, which was a bit further back from the coast but provided the same magnificent views and silky sand. Armed with an esky, we were prepared with drinks, sandwiches and even noodles.
Not only does the sand provide entertainment, but the beach itself provides a mixture of views. With islands in the distance, greenery and bushes lining the coast and the clear ocean inviting you towards the waves.
As illustrated in the previous photos, there was even a little stream near where we were sitting with an extremely shallow flow of water - enough to wash the sand off your feet as you walk through.
We enjoyed the day by talking and relaxing in the shade and going to the water to jump the waves. All of us were amazed at the clear water, the waves came small and large and provided visitors with some fun jumps. Another note to make is that there are no life guards at this beach - there are only some at Norman Beach at Tidal River. So make sure you keep a close watch on your children if you take them there.
Upon leaving, we decided we would make another stop at Darby River to finish some of our food as it was getting late. This is along the way out, so we continued to drive away from Tidal River. We stopped at some lookouts too as we admired the evening sky along with the the park's natural shapes against the skyline.
Wilson's Prom is a humongous national park and its beauty outshines many other spots in Melbourne. There are lots of places to explore and we only really managed to explore one - so make a camping trip out of it or plan to get there early to make the most of this beautiful national treasure.