Wilsons Promontory National Park VIC

Wilsons Promontory (or Wilsons Prom as it’s usually known) sits on the south east coast of Victoria and is the state’s largest coastal wilderness area. In summer it’s also one of the most popular camping destinations and is filled with people. Luckily, we went in the middle of winter and in the pouring rain, so it was just us, the bush and the wombats.

Tidal River in the blue light of dawn (or dusk), with grasses and bushland along its edge and clouds hanging low on the hills above, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Tidal River in the blue light of dawn (or dusk), with grasses and bushland along its edge and clouds hanging low on the hills above.

The distinctive colourful rocks, and dense bushland, that line Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

The distinctive colourful rocks, and dense bushland, that line Tidal River.

Bracken appears bright green growing amongst the rough bark of dense tea tree, Wilsons Promontory National Park, VictoriaMossy rocks and coastal trees line Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Bracken appears bright green growing amongst the rough bark of dense tea tree; Mossy rocks and coastal trees line Tidal River.

Colourful lichen covered a large boulder in the damp bush, green moss on the trees, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Colourful lichen covered a large boulder in the damp bush, green moss on the trees.

A glimpse of Tidal River through the banksia trees, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

A glimpse of Tidal River through the banksia trees.

Foot bridge crossing Tidal River, on a damp day where the clouds are low on the hills, Wilsons Promontory National Park, VictoriaSoft grasses and dense bush line Tidal River with the cloud-covered mountains beyond, you would never know you were only a few hundred meters from the ocean, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Foot bridge crossing Tidal River, on a damp day where the clouds are low on the hills; Soft grasses and dense bush line Tidal River with the cloud-covered mountains beyond, you would never know you were only a few hundred meters from the ocean.

The sandy banks of Tidal River, lined with coastal vegetation and mossy boulders, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

The sandy banks of Tidal River, lined with coastal vegetation and mossy boulders.

A tiny glimpse of the ocean through the dense tea tree, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

A tiny glimpse of the ocean through the dense tea tree.

The ubiquitous Wilsons Prom wombat, fur damp from rain, grazing on grass, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

The ubiquitous Wilsons Prom wombat, fur damp from rain, grazing on grass.

The empty foot bridge over Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, VictoriaA large and round granite boulder on the coast, the ocean in the distance, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

The empty foot bridge over Tidal River; A large and round granite boulder on the coast, the ocean in the distance.

Looking across the scrub to the headlands and coves that make up this landscape, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Looking across the scrub to the headlands and coves that make up Wilsons Promontory.

Colourful granite boulders wet from the waves, and coastal grasses on the way to Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Colourful granite boulders wet from the waves, and coastal grasses on the way to Squeaky Beach.

A small bird stands high on a rock as the waves crash onto the boulders below, Wilsons Promontory National Park, VictoriaThe blue ocean of Bass Straight crashes on the rocky granite coast, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

A small bird stands high on a rock as the waves crash onto the boulders below; The blue ocean of Bass Straight crashes on the rocky granite coast.

Looking through a large, split orange boulder to the granite coastline on the other side of Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Looking through a large, split orange boulder to the granite coastline on the other side of Squeaky Beach.

Bracken grows amongst the dead trees, burnt in the 2009 bushfires, with a rock-covered hill behind, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Bracken grows amongst the dead trees, burnt in the 2009 bushfires, with a rock-covered hill behind.

In Lilly Pilly Gully, a log over the small stream is covered in bright green moss, but the ferns appear to be unhealthy, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

In Lilly Pilly Gully, a log over the small stream is covered in bright green moss, but the ferns appear to be unhealthy.

Ferns and paperbark trees grow amongst the water in Lilly Pilly Gully, Wilsons Promontory National Park, VictoriaThe sun finally shines over scrubby vegetation and native grasses, and the tops of the hills appear out of the clouds, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Ferns and paperbark trees grow amongst the water in Lilly Pilly Gully; The sun finally shines over scrubby vegetation and native grasses, and the tops of the hills appear out of the clouds.

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