It is hard to believe that 18,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, the Prom’s headlands and islands were the tops of mountains and the land extended further south. The Aboriginal people travelled across this countryside to reach Tasmania before the rising water submerged the land bridge and created the island.
Wilsons Promontory National Park (in Victoria, Australia) is another of my favourite places. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Prom’, this national park has pristine beaches with pure-white sand and spectacular hidden coves that you’ll discover by strapping on a pack and going overnight hiking. There are also spectacular mountain views, lush green forests, and plenty of native wildlife.
The Prom is such a popular weekend getaway that a ballot is required to secure accommodation over the summer school holidays; but it’s gorgeous at any time of the year, and I tend to visit during off-peak times. From time to time, developers discuss expanding The Prom, but so far, passionate supporters have foiled any such plans. The overwhelming sentiment is that the Prom is one of the few patches of wilderness left in Victoria and should remain untouched – and I for one, totally agree.
My next few blogs will be dedicated to hiking at Wilsons Promontory, from short family hikes to longer overnight jaunts. But for now, here are a few photographs of Tidal River, which runs alongside the main camping area at Wilsons Promontory. I’ve spent many wonderful weekends here with family and friends.