Wilson's Promontory - The Prom, Melbourne
If you want to see an uninhabited land untouched by European development, then you need to make a trip down to Wilson's Promontory. The lack of human contact has made the wildlife here quite tame - the kangaroos will let you walk up quite close and the rosella parrots will land on your shoulders if you are eating food nearby. You will very likely see a snake, especially in summer, even if it is only bolting for cover when it hears you approaching. Wear big boots and make a lot of noise.
Wilson's Promontory is a peninsular west of Melbourne in rural Gippsland. The geography has kept it cut off from the rest of the state - a range of high hills cross the northern end of the peninsular where it connects to the mainland. The interior has some open plains where mobs of kangaroos can be seen. The coast has a series of untouched beaches and bays. And through it all cuts the Tidal River, and where that river exits is the main settlement on the peninsular - it's the only place with flushing toilets in the entire park.
This is probably the best set of five pics I've downloaded for any spot. It's not giving a rap to my ability rather a way of saying how easy it is to get good shots in a place as scenic as this.
This place is consistently beautiful rather than stunningly spectacular. It rewards the out of doors type person with scene after scene that makes you want to sigh.
Located about 3 hours south east of Melbourne the only accommodation inside the park is in the form of campsites without power but with water.
Just outside the park there's a blossoming B&B industry growing up so all types are now catered for.
It's Victoria's most popular National Park and with good reason.
I have extensive pages and photos under the Wilsons Promontory banner if you want more information.
It is simply stunning down at the Prom. You can go there at any time of the year, and there are plenty of camping spaces and limited accomodation. It's best to book well in advance for the accomodation there, but it's great to go camp there, as you will meet heaps of people, and you'll be so close to the nature. I've been known to trip over wombats on my way to the toilets in the middle of the night. :) The beaches are stunning, the walks are amazing, especially if you 'bite the bullet' and do an overnight hike. You will see the most amazing part of Victoria.
Awesome National Park with pristine beaches and great wildlife, camping & hiking trails.
As you can see in the photo the native wombats are pretty friendly!
Beach Volleyball in Wilsons Promentry (National Park)
All natural wildlife and bushland and surf breaks