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Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park Review
Once connected to Tasmania, this park is a haven for birdlife and native animals and is also the southernmost point of mainland Australia. A granite peninsula of more than 123,000 acres, it contains many kangaroos, koalas, and wombats that can be spotted around Tidal River, the main camping and accommodation area in the south of the park. Mountains, fantastic granite boulders, beaches, wetlands, lakes, and plains make it a hiker's paradise, and many walkers set off on the famous all-day inland trek to the windswept lighthouse. Active types can book a bed in the restored lighthouse keepers' cottage (from A$120.50 to A$133.80 per adult per night, though you must bring your own bedding). Other, less historic, cottages are also available, or bring your own tent to any of the Prom's campsites for A$11.30 per adult per night. Would-be lighthouse guests should bear in mind that the walk is 19 km (12 mi), one-way, from Telegraph Saddle car park, or 23 km (14 mi) from Tidal River. There are more than 30 self-guided walks that take you from an hour to a day to complete.
To get to Wilsons Promontory National Park, take the Princes Highway to Dandenong, then the South Gippsland Highway to Meeniyan or Foster. Tidal River is another 70 km (43 mi). There's no public transportation to the park.
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