Jules Lund hadn't been to Wilsons Promontory since he was 10 years old. He distinctly remembers lots of local wombats and squeaky wet sand. All of which are still there.
Wilsons Promontory National Park sits at the very south of Victoria's Gippsland region. In fact, it's mainland Australia's southernmost point and was made a national park in 1898. It's been a favourite family holiday destination for years, and it's no wonder. The park has it all, with 50,000 hectares edged with a 130km coastline of granite headlands, mountains, forests and fern gullies, surrounded by the Bass Strait and the Tidal River running through it.
Large sections of the park's northern areas were badly affected in last year's Black Saturday bushfires, but it's slowly regenerating with nature doing her best. The southern half is still full of all sorts of birds and animals and is as beautiful as it always was, though Jules said there's more to keep little ones occupied these days.
Michael Morgan operates First Track Adventures at the Prom and has been taking his own boys there for years, as well as offering abseiling and canoeing activities to visitors. Jules tried his hand at going backwards down the 25m drop of Mushroom Rock. He actually preferred the canoeing part of his visit maybe because he kept his eyes open during that part.
Tidal River Cafe serves breakfast and lunch throughout the year, and dinner during summer. A general store caters for basic needs.
There are loads of accommodation options with more than 450 campsites, places to park your caravan, lodges, huts and cabins. The latest addition to the Prom is Wilderness Retreats at Tidal River.
The four safari tents each have a queen bed and ensuite facilities. All furniture is made by local craftsmen from local materials. The tents are totally weatherproof and have a covered hardwood timber deck and lockable canvas door. They are set up for couples but comfortably sleep up to four people.
The well-equipped shared kitchen tent has stainless-steel benchtops, gas hotplate, refrigerator, microwave, linen and towels, utensils, crockery and cutlery. You only have to pack your food and personal items!
Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria.
Parks Victoria Wilderness Retreats cost $250 a night for two people, with a minimum two nights' stay. It costs $20 a night for an extra person, with a maximum of two extra people. The price includes access to the fully equipped wilderness retreat tent kitchen.
Prices correct at September 10, 2009.
For further information
Wilsons Promontory Wilderness Retreats
Ph: 131 963
First Track Adventures
PO Box 53
Ph: (03) 5634 2761
Prom Country Visitor Information
South Gippsland Highway
Ph: 1800 630 704