Weekend camping at Tidal River

One weekend in October we went to visit friends on the Mornington Peninsula. We decided to leave the previous day and spend the night camping at Tidal River in Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Tidal River is probably one of the most popular and busiest camping spots in Victoria. It’s a huge campground but it’s still often necessary to book ahead. Because it can be so crowded it’s not one of my favourite places, but it’s a great place to go with overseas visitors or people who haven’t been camping much. There’s plenty of wildlife, great beaches and nice walking tracks.

Norman beach
Norman beach

We arrived on a beautiful Saturday and after setting up camp we spent the afternoon at Norman beach. Later we walked the easy Tidal Overlook circuit that offers some great views of the area.

Tidal River
Tidal River
Black Wallaby
Black Wallaby

I was hoping to see one of the many wombats in the area, and we were not disappointed. One our return we saw one walking right across the campground, always surrounded by a large group of people. They seem to be so used to people they don’t mind them at all.

Another wombat almost walked into our tent after dinner, when we were about to go to sleep. The next morning I discovered we had pitched our tent just next to a wombat hole. Tidal River is probably one of the best places in Victoria to see wombats.

Wombat
Wombat

The following day we had stunning weather again. After packing up our camp we stopped at some of the beaches and bays on the way out, like Whisky Bay and Picnic Bay. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves and easily could have spent another couple of hours there, Wilsons Promontory has some stunning beaches.

Picnic Bay
Picnic Bay

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