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Spend a Summer Weekend in Wilson's Promontory

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Published October 15th 2016
Australians are increasingly looking to explore their own backyards. People are camping/glamping more and families are going on more road trips.

So if you're looking to get a bit of camping done in Wilson's Promontory National Park this summer, make sure you book before it's too late.

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A person kayaking at Tidal River

Earlier this year, we dropped by for the Australia Day long weekend after securing a campsite at Tidal River well in advance.

Tidal River Campground: follow Wilson's Promontory Rd to the Ring Rd
The location of your campsite is based upon first come, first served basis despite the booking. We managed to claim a spot near the amenities block, so we wouldn't need to walk far at night.

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Tidal River proving to be a popular spot

There are limited BBQs and no kitchen so we brought some portable stoves. There is also a washing station.

Tidal River General Store
An ice-cream stop before the drive home

The Tidal River site is popular because it provides easy access to walks and the beach. There is also a general store selling icecream, ice and more.

We took our time to walk across the Tidal River, jump in the cold waves at Squeaky Beach and do some geocaching (global treasure hunting) around the Tidal River Overlook.

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Admiring the Tidal Overlook after a dip in the cold waters at Squeaky Beach

It was great to see so many different views in a few hours - the calm Tidal River, the sapphire blue of the coast and the mountainous terrain.

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The popular Squeaky Beach complete with squeaky sand

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Vibrant coastal views from Squeaky Beach

An important thing to note is that wombats frequent the grounds, so make sure your food and rubbish is stored somewhere safe. They've been known to tear through tents when food was left there.

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Protecting our little stove from the wind!

If you're planning to visit Wilson's Prom, make sure to book early here. It cost us about $60 per night earlier this year.

Tidal River Openair Cinema: Tidal River Drive
We discovered that there was an open air cinema running at Tidal River from Boxing Day and throughout January. At first we didn't pay much attention, but our friend pointed out The Dressmaker was playing and rated the movie quite highly.

So we got some last minute tickets, bought some snacks and enjoyed the movie. The area is covered by tarp and the seats are set up, so you don't have to bring anything.

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Break time at the movies

They even had an interval in the middle of the movie for you to stretch your legs and also buy some coffee, hot chocolate or ice-cream.

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Hot chocolates to complete the night

I haven't heard if they will definitely be doing it again, so follow their Facebook page here for updates.

Mount Oberon Summit Walk: Telegraph Saddle Carpark
For our final hike, we decided to do one of the summit walks. The hike starts from the Telegraph Saddle carpark, which can be accessed by a shuttle bus that departs just outside the Visitor's Centre. All up, it is about two hours return.

It was rated moderate, but most of it was just a steep pathway that continuously went uphill.

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Climbing to the top!

The last section involved a rockier terrain but there were still steps and handrails to guide you to the top. The very top consisted of boulders for you to scramble over and sit on to admire the view.

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Boulders at the top

Unfortunately, we didn't get a clear view at the top of the surrounding coast as we'd seen in pictures. We found out later that Tasmania had a great deal of bushfires, so the smoke must have travelled.

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Misty views at the top (you can usually see the coast)

It was still peaceful nonetheless and the views were calming and amazing in their own mystical way.

Wilson's Prom is a popular destination so it's bound to be quite busy for the camping seasons. However, if the days you wanted are booked out, you can make a day trip and focus on one area.

If you have any favourite spots in Wilson's Prom, let me know in the comments below and I'll have to visit again.
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Why? Spend a few days camping and explore one of Victoria's popular national parks
Phone: 1800 630 704
Where: Wilson's Promontory National Park
Cost: $60 and above
Your Comment
It is a beautiful place Mon. Camping isn't our cup of tea but when we last visited we stayed in a cabin on a nearby farm property. It was a great weekend.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7956) 1318 days ago
Very pretty area, Mon!
by Elaine (score: 3|7212) 1318 days ago
The Cinema has been running over Summer, Cup Weekend, Easter, Labour Day weekend for 52 years, and run by the same people. Had a very close connection with this Cinema for many years. My brother, also, is in charge of water quality, testing, water associated maintenance there.
by e_law (score: 2|433) 1313 days ago
If Tidal River booked out, or you don't like camping, in addition to Farm Cabin stays, Sandy Point offers many holiday homes, Unit accomodation. Beaches there are safe, pristine, extensive, and it's only 45 mins from Tidal River. It is a midway point to visit Walkerville, Waratah, Agnes Falls, beautiful Port Albert, Cape Liptrap Lighthouse, Wind Farms, Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay, Port Welshpool.....................................
by e_law (score: 2|433) 1313 days ago
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