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Wilsons Promontory Park – Camping, Hiking & Things to Do

Wilsons Promontory Park is South of Melbourne - and it's well worth to visit. We tell how you can camp for free and what you need to know.

The Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of Australia’s most popular national parks. That is because it’s relatively close to Melbourne and the camping ground there is quite luxurious compared to other national parks in Australia. there are hot water and electricity there – pure luxury for backpackers. 🙂

But don’t worry, you are not coming here for a hot shower and to charge your phones only.

Camping in Wilsons Promontory Park

Tip for Backpackers: The Office for Campsites in the Wilsons Promontory closes at 17 pm and opens only at 9jam the next day. If you would like to enjoy the free camping and you want to save the camping fee, which is charged by the person, you can get there after 5 pm and grab a free camping pitch. There is no problem to enter the campground, it’s easily accessible.

During high season and school holidays, this campsite is getting crowded very quickly. At this time you have to be comfortable with a normal parking lot, which doesn’t offer luxuries at all.

Actually you would need to pay a fee for the parking lot as well, but is hardly controlled. Plus, again, if you arrive after 5 pm, what better excuse is there to say, that the registration office was closed? If you do not want to miss out on the hot showers, you can easily enter the nearby camping and use the showers and toilets.

What to do in Wilsosn Promontory?

Plenty of things, read on.

Huge Rocks at the Beach

On the beach there are countless huge boulders, which are very impressive. There is nothing else to say, have a look at the pictures.

Tidal River

The Tidal River is a beautiful and tranquil river. As the name implies, it can become a torrential current and cause flooding in the area. If it is quiet, it seems like there are white beaches by the river.

Hiking in Wilsons Promontory

If you like to hike, you will also get your money’s worth. From short walks to multi-day hikes, or summit hikes (but the mountains are not that high) you will find everything here.

It is best to ask in the information office in the national park (where you can also reserve the campsites).

The map below indicates the location of the visitor center. The campground is right next to it.


You can easily spend 1 or 3 days in this national park, you will enjoy it.

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