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Wilson's Promontory

The bottom end of our continent

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Wilson’s Promontory National Park (most southern point on Australian mainland)

After 22 000km on the road, we camped at Shallow Inlet Campground, just outside the National Park. What a great spot at half the price of the caravan park next door. It was right next to the ocean, but inside a dense forest with abundant bird life and our third daylight Echidna sighting! Thus offered us the opportunity to explore the National Park next door and do a number of walks. And we came across a Wombat! It was tagged and clearly unfussed by us, letting us pat it at leisure. Having as much time as you like with both an Echidna and a Wombat up close was a true highlight for us.

We didn’t know what a promontory was, so this is what Wikipedia says: “A raised mass of land that projects into a lowland or a body of water (in which case it is a peninsula)”

So, there we were just hoping to see the most southern point of the Australian mainland, and we discover these beautiful mountains (top class views), a river, bays with beautiful beaches, and amazing views. What a great national park this is.

We enjoyed the views from Mt Oberon, then Squeaky Beach (it has rounded quartz sand that ‘squeaks’ when you walk on it). The lookouts over Tidal River and from Pillar Point are breathtaking and worth the hikes.

Tidal River

Tidal River

Tidal River in Wilson's Promontory

Tidal River in Wilson's Promontory

Furthest point on mainland Aus by road

Furthest point on mainland Aus by road

Friendly Wombat

Friendly Wombat

Forests at the bottom of Aus

Forests at the bottom of Aus

Echidna near our caravan see the back toe nail

Echidna near our caravan see the back toe nail

Bottom of Aus mani land

Bottom of Aus mani land

Beautiful bays in Wilson's Promontory

Beautiful bays in Wilson's Promontory

Antarctica only 2500km away

Antarctica only 2500km away

Posted by ChrisHenriette 22:51 Archived in Australia

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Wilsons promontory is easily the highlight of the Victorian leg of our journey! I loved that beach and Tidal river, and yes the walks were great too. I've seen two echidnas so far, each time it was rushing into the undergrowth, so it's really great to see the whole animal on yr picture. Enjoy:)
Chris: What an amazing surprise this was. We can see why there are 400 campsites. Wouldn't mind staying here for weeks.

by Noelene

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