Sun Smart Boys Going For A Walk

boys-walking-on-track-at-TidalRiver-WilsonsProm

When I traveled to Victoria a couple months back, I just had to include visiting Wilsons Promontory on my list.

I find the area incredibly captivating, so off for a few short walks I went. Lilly Pilly Gully and the Tidal Overlook track are two fairly easy walks that can be done in a few hours … with a stop at the shop for a pleasant afternoon tea to recharge.

I’m always impressed by the number of people who visit this National Park each year. The eco cabins are often booked out and the camping sites over the peak holiday times need to be booked well in advance. I’ve actually never stayed there … preferring to do day trips instead. I’ve walked every track except the one to the Light House. That’s one I’ll consider with experienced company in the near future.

The picture of these boys was snapped while they were completing their trek around Tidal River, you can see the Bridge in the background. I was impressed to see them well decked out for hiking, with sturdy shoes and sun hats. One had a mobile phone and the other was carrying a bottle of water too.

Such a terrific place to take the family.

How Far From Melbourne To Wilsons Prom?

Well, now I have some sort of proof of the actual distances by this Vic Roads sign at the entrance to the Tidal River township.

Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park = 222 kms
Foster to Wilsons Promontory National Park = 60 kms
Meeniyan to Wilsons Promontory National Park = 74 kms
Fish Creek to Wilsons Promontory National Park = 56 kms

From the park gateway to Tidal River Camp Grounds is approximately a 20 minute drive with an 80 km/h speed limit.

road-sign-at-tidal-river

Riding Bikes On The Beach

I don’t know, maybe I’ve never noticed it before, but when I took this last trip to South Gippsland I noticed a heap of people (adults, children and families) riding their bikes on the beaches at Wilsons Promontory — what!

On closer inspection I noticed the sand was tightly compacted at both Tidal River and Norman Bay Beach so I’m imagining that the surface was actually ideal in these areas for a really smooth run.

I just love noticing something that makes me think! ~ ER

people bike riding on the beach at Norman Bay Wilsons Prom

bikes on the sand at Tidal River Wilsons Prom

Flying A Kite At Tidal River

My last road trip to Wilsons Prom National Park surprised me in a few different ways. I was amazed at the variety of activities people were engaging in, more than ever before. I saw several people flying kites on the sandy flats of Tidal River as well as kayaking, kite surfing and bike riding on the beach.

The biggest changes though, were from the after effects of the floods just 2 years ago, with the altered river bed, mountains and hillside land slides being still noticeably present. But the entire coastline here has been profoundly shaped by the winds, the fires and the floods, so we expect to see changes from year to year, but with the bush fires in 2009 and the massive flood waters in 2011, these changes were even more profound.

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Flying a kite at TidalRiver Wilsons Prom

Surf Rescue At The Prom

We greatly appreciate the services that Parks Victoria provide in our coastal and marine national parks and reserves.

The lifesavers do a fabulous job over the summer holiday months operating from Norman Bay at Wilsons Prom National Park during December and January.

We say quite a few people swimming, paddling, canoing, kayaking and kite surfing, most coming out of the Tidal River Camp Grounds.

Surf life rescue service Norman Bay Wilsons Prom