When hiking at Wilsons Promontory be on the lookout for snakes, particularly Eastern Tiger Snakes. It was only after stumbling across one of these snakes at the base of a tree just off one of the tracks that I learned (by reading not from personal experience) that they are highly aggressive, extremely fast and accurate striking, and lethally venomous. Unprovoked, they also are quite beautiful.
The worst thing abou camping here is the ants, look on the ground and you will see at least 10 in the metre square around you..................... The main ones are what victorians call jumping jacks a little clack ant with bright red nippers. They are very aggressive and hurt like hell so watch out ( they can jump pretty far too). The other ant is the bull ant witch are less common and a bit slower, but hurt even more! The fact that it was summer might have made it worse, but just make sure you close your tent and wear shoes/high socks.
The entire southern portion of the Bass Strait is famous for its ability to lull ship captains into a false sense of security and then surprise them with a nice big rock to sink the ship.
If you are boating anywhere near Wilsons Promontory, make sure you are very careful! This stretch of coastline has claimed 5 shipwrecks, from 1853 through 1934, but the rocks have not moved!
For more information on the ships that wrecked, head out to the Cape Liptrap Lighthouse, and read more!
Because this National Park is located in the south west of Victoria it shows big changes in the weather.
First of all it can get quite cold at night (even during the summer), so make sure you bring warm clothes. On the other hand the temperature can go up to tropical heights during the day, from December till February.
Another thing about the weather down here is the sudden change that can take place: four seasons in one day. Within an hour it can change from tropical and sunny to rainy and cold.
The best thing to do is to bring both warm clothes and summer gear. There's plenty of beaches where you can go for a swim to cool you down.
Make sure you bring good gear (i.e. good hiking shoes, plenty of water, insect repellent, suncream and enough food) and that you're in good health, cause the hiking through this area can be quite strenuous.
The main problem about this area is the fact that it's very remote. Once you've left the parking place you're out on your own and the places where you go can only be reached on foot.
I've seen too many people walking up the track to the Mt Oberon lookout without any water.
It's thirsty work walking uphill.
The view is spectacular but a bone dry throat will distract from the beauty.
Human feeding of animals that come to the main camping area is not permitted !
For reasons of animal health, dependency & aggressive behavior & fines from the park rangers.