Last weekend I went to prom. Wilson’s Prom, that is.
Wilson’s Prom has been at the top of my Victorian bucket list for quite some time now. In all honesty, one of the main reasons for wanting to visit the Prom was to experience the sheer abundance of my favourite Australian animal, the Wombat. But, boy, was I in for a surprise. Wilson’s Prom is so much more than just wombats.
Here’s a list of what we got up to at the Prom. So if you’re up for a bit of an adventure, that’s not too far out of the city, Wilson’s Prom is calling your name.
Pitch up a tent at Tidal River Campsite
For $50 a night per site, you can pitch up a tent or sleep in your car at the quaint Tidal River Campsite. They have all of the amenities you could ever need for a camping trip, and more – toilets, hot showers and cooking facilities. In case you forget anything, there’s a General Store that stocks pretty much anything you could need. If you’re a caffeine addict like me, you’ll be happy to know that they have a cute café that serves up some pretty delicious coffee (AMEN to that!). There are also some short hikes you can do around the campsite – this is the best thing you can do if you’re searching for the famous Wombats.
10/10 would recommend.
Take a walk along the scenic Norman Beach
Just a stone’s throw away from the Tidal River campsite where we stayed is the stunning Norman Beach. What better way to start your day than walking along the beach with a coffee in hand?
Grab your hiking shoes and climb Mount Oberon
If you’re up for a bit of a hike (3.4k to be exact), make your way up to Mount Oberon for the awe-inspiring views of Wilson’s Prom.
Trust me. You won’t regret it.
Dip your toes in the squeaky sand at Squeaky Beach
Australia is home to some pretty incredible beaches. Wilson’s Prom, however, is home to a very unique beach – Squeaky Beach.
Why is it called Squeaky Beach? You guessed it. It’s because the sand squeaks when you walk along it. They say the sand squeaks because of the ultra-fine quartz sand particle.
After dipping your toes in the squeaky sand, take it easy and have yourself a picnic all while taking in the picturesque views surrounding you.
Go on a wildlife adventure at the animal reserve
My all-time favourite thing about living in Australia is, without a doubt, the incredible wildlife unique to Australia. Wilson’s Prom is an animal lover’s oasis. Kangaroos, emus, wombats, birds…you name it, Wilson’s Prom has got it.
On your way to Tidal River or on your way back to the city, make sure to check out the animal reserve. It’s a giant, flat field, home to some pretty incredible wildlife. You’ll see emus running around, kangaroos lazing around in the sun and wombats trucking along eating grass. It’s an absolute wildlife dream.
If you’re camping at Tidal River campsite, you’re in for a treat as well. There are heaps (finally taking in some of that Aussie slang) of Australian birds like the Crimson Rosella, Kookaburra (you’ll hear them ‘laughing’ at you), the Galah, among many other birds. The campsite also has some fluffy cubes, also known as the Wombat. You’ll see them walking around the campsite looking for food. As tempting as it is, DO NOT leave food in your tent because wombats will find it…and your tent…well let’s just say it will no longer be a tent.
Feel like you’re in the Sahara Desert at the Big Drift
After experiencing a weekend filled with hikes, beautiful Aussie beaches and unique wildlife, the Big Drift is the perfect way to end your stay at Wilson’s Prom.
The Big Drift is a pretty surreal experience. You’ll really get the sense that you’ve escaped Melbourne and landed in a completely different country. It’s a 2K walk through fields and once you see the sand, you’ll know you’ve made it.
Thanks Wilson’s Prom for the epic weekend. Can’t wait to go back and do it all over again!