Weekend Getaway at Wilson’s Prom
Why Wilson’s Prom?
Wilson’s Prom is only 2 or 3 hours from Melbourne but it feels like another world. We arrived after dark and were blown away by the number of roos, wallabies and wombats we saw grazing along the side of the road in the few km between the entry to the Wilson’s Promontory proper and the Tidal River camp… perhaps 20 of each at the very least! Fortunately, there is decadent mobile reception our gorgeous friends were able to guide us to the camp site we were sharing with them. We set up our smallest tent in no time and added our gas light, camp chairs and camp table to the central area of our little plot. We stayed up quite late chatting but still felt refreshed in the morning for a day of beach-side rejuvenation!
What to do at Tidal River?
Of course, there are OUTSTANDING hikes and walks to do around the area. On this occasion though, as we were only staying for the two nights with less than 48 hours, Ben and I decided not to put ourselves under any pressure to head further than 15 minutes or so from our tent! That didn’t stop us from enjoying gorgeous vistas, soaking up some beachy warmth (mostly from the shade… burn-prone-redhead alert!) and generally blissing out on the general serenity.
Getting Active (…ish) on Tidal River Beach!
It was really nice to be there with our friends and their kids as this gave us some impetus to get active with low-key activities like playing grip-ball, building castles and moats, finding cute little crabs and even trying out their stand-up-paddle-board! And yes – I fell in!
The weather was incredibly kind to us without a sprinkle of rain, cool to warm temperatures and beautiful golden light.
More Wilson’s Prom Wildlife
Of course the weekend would not have been complete without some impromptu wildlife visits. We had a tough old wombat visit a few times and on the second morning a roo also paid us a visit. You can’t feed them people-food of course (though any accessible bins get a run for their money every night!) but waving a bit of juicy grass or a bit of appropriate looking greenery can be attempted with caution, as I discovered!
The birds of the prom are stunning too and Ben was under tables and balancing on tree stumps to capture their beauty with the Nikon D810!
There is a fee to camp in the national park, and the permit must be arranged before you leave with parks Victoria. An un-powered site in Tidal River costs $59.60 AUD per night as at July 1 2014, and that site can sleep up to 8 people. It’s a bargain if you split it 8 ways! Bookings are essential most times, and Parks Victoria hold a ballot for the summer period. Information about entering the ballot can be found here at the Parks Victoria website.
All in all it was a gorgeous weekend getaway that felt a lot longer than it was. Well worth checking out if you’re looking for a dose of nature inspired relaxation! Wilson’s Promontory is the perfect place to bring the kids for weekend getaway, or even longer if you’re looking for an amazing national park to explore. It has great amenities, including hot showers, toilets connected to the sewer, designated camp sites, treated drinking water, laundry facilities, and a full time ranger. We will definitely be going back, next year for longer so we can do some of the walks and make amazing photos!
Maybe we’ll see you down there!
Until then, thanks for wearing pants!