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Wilsons Promontory is an amazingly peaceful, quiet and beautiful park that is within a day’s drive from Melbourne, Australia.
Wilsons Prom (all names are shortened in Australia) is a National Park which means that all accomodation, eateries and other services are run by the state park services. This contributes to its peaceful and quite feels as there are a handful of eco lodges, glamping tents and campsites.
We love going to The Prom, Australians love shortening names, every year. The park is HUGE but the accommodation numbers are low (as long as you avoid Christmas School Holidays and Easter which are Australia’s biggest camping periods) which means your kids can run wild and explore with little concern of cars and hoardes of people.
Tidal River is the place to stay. There is a basic grocery store/fish&chip shop, showers and toilets. We have never camped at Wilsons Prom but we have stayed two possibly three times in their ecolodges. The eco lodges are lovely. They are owned and run by the park so they are not Trump Towers, but this is a good thing, to the best of my knowledge each lodge contains two bedrooms, a toilet/bathroom and a kitchen/lounge with a huge glass sliding barn style window that opens out onto a patio. You can be at one with the Australian bush.
We ate in our cabin and we ate well. Wilsons Prom is a bit of a distance away from any large shopping towns so you need to plan your meals and bring the ingredients with you. If you forget salt or sugar you will be able to grab these at the local shop but if you forget you prosciutto or gorgonzola you are out of luck and will be eating fish & chips. Which are pretty good.
We stayed at the Tidal River Eco Cabins, but there are cheaper huts available, even cheaper camping and more expensive glamping tents available.
It is easiest to drive in a car to Wilsons Prom. It is a 2hr and 45min drive. There are sure to be buses, but if you rent, hire, borrow a car then you will be able to stop anywhere along the coast and take pictures, eat and explore.
Take all the food that you will need. The local shop is limited in supply and more expensive. Perishables such as milk and bread are available at the local shop.
Take beach toys, bug repellent (great natural brand is Moove) and sun shelter. The sun in Australia is extremely intense due to the ozone hole. Buy sunscreen and use it everyday!