Wilsons Promontory National Park
This is one of the state’s best known national parks, and also one of the oldest (declared in 1898). It is hard to fault the Prom, if you want to experience some of Vitoria’s most magnificent coastal scenery. great deals on hotels,last beds,
White sandy beaches, granite headlands, timbered mountains, open forest and fern gullies contribute to the wild beauty of the park’s 50 000ha. The wildlife is special too – more than 30 species of mammals and hundreds of bird species inhabit the park. Although a hugely popular national park, (with half a million visitors each year), the Prom’s superb natural environment is fiercely guarded. Facilities are mainly at Tidal River, 30 km from the park entrance. There are about 450 camping and caravan sites, but no powered sites and generators are not permitted.on line bookings, Fires cannot be lit at campsites (take a gas or fuel stove).hotel bookings,
Cabins, lodges and motor huts provide accommodation. Such is the park’s popularity that summer bookings are made by ballot (bookings June, ballot drawn July). In the high season an open – air cinema runs, and rangers organize spotlight tours, talk and guided walks. Tidal River has plenty of visitors-the beach is great, surf can be good, rock pools offer endless intrigue, crimson rosellas are as tame as pets and you are almost sure to encounter wombats, kangaroos and emus. Wilderness waters – diving around the Prom:Snorkeling and diving reveal a spectacular world in the cold but clear waters surrounding Wilsons Promontory.
The Prom’s dramatic scenery continues below sea level, with rugged granite outcrops, plummeting drop-offs, and caves and ledges harbouring a thriving ecosystem. Many species in the southern waters can be found nowhere else in the world. Waving seagrass meadows and rocky reefs with their multitude of crevices and hollows are home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. Sponge gardens, coral colonies, stingrays, sharks and vivid fish are just some of the prolific marine life. At Picnic Bay (Leonard Point) about 150 m from the shore, in 6 m or so of waters, schools of fish, which include the blue-throat wrasse and herring cale, swim in the plentiful kelp. From the north end of Norman Bay beach you might swim past long-finned pike, or even see Port Jackson sharks cruising near the rocks. Snorkel or scuba to a depth of 15m, in the sheltered waters cheap hotel rooms,
of Sealers Cove to experience its richly varied marine life. At refuge Cove, about 50 m offshore, the skeletal remains of whales slaughtered by whalers in 12800s still lie on the ocean floor. For experienced divers, there is excellent diving at Shellback Island, Norman Island and the Genie islands. Beware currents can be strong and unpredictable. Australian fur seals breed on the small offshore islands and feed in the strait. On land the seals can dangerously n water they are usually harmless and may frolic with divers, providing a truly exhilarating experience, but they should still be approached with caution. Beware: the seals attract white sharks. There are more than 30 shipwrecks in these waters.cheap rooms,