Survival Guide: Camping at Wilsons Promontory

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Wilsons Promontory National Park is the southernmost region of Australia. It stretches for over 500km and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, granite mountains, and white sandy beaches. Just over a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne CBD, it’s the perfect getaway for the mid-semester break.

How a novice camper can survive Wilsons Prom:

Know how to set up your tents in advance.

If you know how to set up your tent it means more time relaxing and less time saying “Is this the right way?”. Make sure to bring a good hammer to peg down the tent, bashing it down with a cricket bat because you forgot one isn’t the best method.

Take a gas lighter and cooker with you.

When you plan to have a BBQ for dinner only to discover the nearest BBQ is a 30 minute drive away from the campsite, a gas cooker is a saving grace. If you’re camping at the Stockyard campsite at the main gate of the National Park, the nearest BBQ can be found at Tidal River. BBQs are in high demand at dinnertime, so make sure to secure it early.

Don’t get a hangover.

Well, if you do, the best hangover cure is the sea breeze from the pristine Squeaky Beach. Just because it’s the study break, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun. A study break is a great time to take care of your mental health and relax a little. Breathe in the relaxing sea air and know that everything’s going to be okay.

 

Drive slowly.

Unless you want to hit that cute wallaby you were just snapping pictures of on the Wildlife Walk, drive carefully. Wombats and wallabies come out at dusk and like to think they know how to cross a road safely. They don’t.

 

It’s called glamping, not camping.

Even when you’re in the middle of a national park there’s still phone reception. Alleluia. It’s a bit choppy at times, so make sure that perfect road trip playlist has been downloaded from Spotify.

The campgrounds at Wilsons Prom have dish washing, shower, toilet and laundry facilities. You can still be a typical Melbourner and drive 10 minutes to Yanakie where the general store will make you a hot cup of coffee. Tidal River also has an outdoor cinema where the latest releases are shown so you can get your movie fix.    

Don’t waste the day.

The sun sets at around 6:30, so make sure you tick the must-do activities off your list like climbing Mt. Oberon or having a classic pub meal at the local town, Fish Creek.

Remember to enjoy yourself, everyone is happy when they’re on holidays!    

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