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Wilsons Promontory  Victoria

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Wilson's Promontory is the southernmost point of Australia and juts out into the Bass Strait. The coastline is marked with secluded beaches, wild landscape, ocean, mudflats, rainforests and coastal lake systems.

Korumburra, the main township on the promontory, has a nineteenth century Coal Creek Heritage Village and is the place to discover reconstructed mining shafts, old shops and farm buildings of earlier times in the Gippsland.

Visitors might like to enjoy local fresh produce, quality cheeses, meats and wines in the township's restaurants and cafes of Koonwara. Fishing is a popular at Port Welshpool and Port Franklin or the slow-flowing Tarwin River at Tarwin Lower.

Wonthaggi is the home of black coal and visitors can take an underground tour of a real coalmine from the earlier times.

Sandy Bay and Venus Bay are popular location for windsurfing, surfing, swimming and water sports, while more sheltered coves are found at Waratah Bay and Walkerville.

The Wilson's Promontory National Park (known locally as 'The Prom') and the Lakes National Park are reserves for a variety of echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, platypus and wombats. Bird lovers can enjoy native bird habitat for emus, lyre-birds and coastal species. There is some 130 km of walking trails to explore carpets of wildflowers, spectacular rock formation or eucalypt forest.

Two of the best lookouts across the Prom are Sparkes Lookout off the main road to Tidal River, and the lookout at the summit of Mount Oberon.

The information centre for Wilson's Promontory is found at Korumburra about 90 minutes from Melbourne.

Things to do:

  • Surfing and windsurfing - Sandy Point and Venus Bay are patrolled beaches, sheltered waters of Shallow Inlet is good for small children.
  • Bushwalking - a popular walk goes to the lighthouse which was built in 1859 and is the southernmost tip of Australia, Agnes Falls in the Strzelecki Ranges.
  • Animal watching - at Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Wetlands bird area at Baldhill Wetlands to see migratory birds, night-time wombat spotting by torchlight at Tidal River.
  • Heritage - gold mining museum at the Foster & District Historical Society museum, historic lime kilns at Walkerville.
  • Touring - take the Grand Ridge Road through the Strzelecki Ranges.

    Photo credit: Tourism Victoria


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