The drive from Promhills Cabins to Tidal River is very scenic. Drive slowly and carefully to avoid collisions with wildlife and enjoy the views. Along the way, there are pull-ins off the road where you may be able to spot a kangaroo, wombat or emu. There is easy access to beaches throughout the drive, the most spectacular being Squeaky Beach and Whiskey Beach. Once you reach Tidal River enjoy the bush walks leaving from around the Information Centre and cool off at the beautiful Norman Bay (which is safe for swimming).
Drive onto Shallow Inlet Beach: (the ONLY beach in Victoria that is officially a Vic Roads carriageway and it is legal to drive on the beach. The sand is sufficiently hard for all types of vehicles)
Mt Fatigue: Features a 360 degree view that takes in Corner Inlet, Wilsons Promontory, the hill country and coastal areas. Take either the road out of Foster or Toora heading towards Mt Best to Mt Fatigue.
Toora Wind Farm: Turn left at Toora for the short drive up to the wind turbines, stop at the lookout on the way back down the hill. Stop in at the Toora Pub for a great meal on the way too or from the wind farm.
Agnes Falls:Turn left at Toora and head into the hills of the Strzelecki Ranges following Silcocks Hill Road, Hazel Park Road and Agnes Falls Road. At 59 metres, Agnes Falls are the highest single span falls in Victoria. Incorporate a stop at the wind farm or Royal Standard Hotel on the way to or from.
Cape Liptrap Lighthouse: A short drive from Walkerville. Turn into South Walkerville Road then right into the Cape Liptrap Road. The lighthouse was built in 1951 in cast concrete, and is octagonal in shape. It was converted to mains power in 1970. Spectacular views of the coastline to Wilsons Prom.
Walkerville Lime Kilns: The burnt out lime kilns left over from past activity are incredible to explore. do the short Limeburners Walk or the 1.2 kilometer Overlook Walk. See the historic cemetery, go swimming, fishing or boating, or just spend an afternoon exploring the rock pools and the remains of the lime kilns.
Grand Ridge Road: One of Victoria's most spectacular drives. Winding through 132kms of tall mountain ash trees and steep fern gullies, the Grand Ridge Road showcases a whole panorama of Strzelecki wilderness as it follows the route of the pioneer settlers. Most of the road is unsealed and can be accessed via the Korumburra-Warragul Road, at Mirboo North, at Tarra Bulga National Park or at Willung South on the Hyland Hwy.
PROM COAST BEACHES
Corner Inlet: This huge tidal inlet is a popular destination for fishermen and offers a large variety of salt-water table fish. Boat access is available at the Foley Road boat ramp. The beautiful coastline and the sheer expanse of water ensure enjoyable recreational boating. The Inlet also offers access by boat to Bass Strait and the magnificent eastern coastline of Wilsons Promontory. Leave from here for a lovely walk to Duck Point
Shallow Inlet: (accessed via Sandy Point) Fantastic location for swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and sail boarding. You are able to launch boats from the beach. There is a BBQ area with public toilet facilities. Enjoy the wandering the high sand dunes, with wonderful views over the vast waterway of the Inlet system towards the Promontory mountains, Waratah Bay and the Hoddle Ranges. At low tide 300 ha. of Shallow Inlet is covered by water. This changes to 1800 ha. at high tide - the equivalent of 32,000 Olympic swimming pools flowing in and out with the tide every 6 hours. The other side of Shallow Inlet can also be accessed by a short walk down Hourigan's Camp Lane (off Millar Rd in Yanakie)
Sandy Point Surf Beach: A short walk over the sand dune, opposite the general store.
Waratah Bay Surf Beach: We consider this the best beach for children, access via the boat ramp, opposite play-ground. If you are here for New Year's Eve, there is a great fireworks display on the beach at sunset and again at midnight.
Whisky Beach in Wilsons Promontory: The first easily accessed beach as you drive to Tidal River is Whisky Beach. Only a few hundred metres walk from the car park. The short walk into Whiskey Beach takes you through a Tea Tree tunnel, then opens up dramatically to a glorious pristine beach. There is a short walk from Whisky Beach over the headland to Picnic Bay. Picnic tables, chairs and toilets are available at both Whiskey Beach and Picnic Bay car parks.
Squeaky Beach in Wilsons Promontory: Arguably Wilsons Promontory's most iconic beach. Yes, the sand really does squeak. A short walk from the car park or choose a longer walk via the Tidal Overlook Track. Explore the rock formations and enjoy a refreshing swim.
Norman Bay in Wilsons Promontory: Close to Tidal River campground, Norman beach is a short walk via Whale Rock or accessed from the Norman Bay carpark. Great for a swim, it also offers stunning views of Mt Oberon.
Venus Bay: There are five beaches to choose from with the Venus Bay Surf Livesaving Club located at the No. 1 Beach (this is the only patrolled beach). Great spot for to forage for pippies (remember your fishing license)
Bear Gully: consisting of lots of enchanting little coves with a mixture of sand and rock. Ideal for swimming, snorkelling, skin-diving and fishing, and wonderful coastal walks.
Walkerville: The site of the Historic Lime Kilns, the Walkerville Road terminates at Walkerville Beach. A walking track connects Walkerville with Walkerville North via The Bluff Beach
(A recreation fishing licence is required in Victoria )
Shallow Inlet, Yanakie, off Hourigans Camp Lane or Lester Road
Duck Point Channel, Yanakie
Sandy Point, Shallow Inlet and Surf Beach
Tarwin River at Tarwin Lower and Anderson Inlet - Pontoons and boat ramps
Venus Bay - Salmon fishing on the beaches
The walks detailed below are OUTSIDE of Wilsons Promontory National Park, for more information on Wilsons Promontory National Park walks go to: Wilson Prom Visitors Guide or download the map of Wilsons Promontory
Hourigans Camp Lane Walk – From Millar Road turn into 'Hourigans Camp Lane' to enter car park. Follow the track along the boardwalk to the beach. Distance: 500metres (10 mins one way) - an easy walk. By walking quietly along the track, you may see and hear the various birds and animals in their natural habitat. The beach offers sandy tidal flats, where at low tide the channel is clearly visible and on high tide a vast sheet of water consumes the Inlet.
Duck Point Walk - Commencing on Foley Road, this trail leads through thickets of Coastal Tea-tree to the sheltered waters of Corner Inlet. Scenic views across the Inlet to the peaks of Wilsons Promontory are the feature of this walk. Distance 800 metres/30min return Shellcot Road - enter reserve area marked 'Red Bluff' and follow track to beach. It is very pleasant to walk in either direction, but to the right you will see the 'Red Bluff' jutting out. ('Red Bluff' is formed out of a very reddish clay).
Red Bluff Road - Follow a very bushy track down to the boat sheds. This is a mangrove area and can be quite squelchy under foot. To the left, towards 'Red Bluff', the very rare 'Yanakie Berry ' (bright red berries with very prickly leaves) can be seen in fruit in the late Autumn and early Winter. From this location enjoy the wonderful views over the Inlet. Be aware that this is a tidal area, and even at low tide the shoreline can be very boggy.
Yanakie Landing Walk - Starting at Foley Road the track winds its way down to the rocky beach area, then back up through the Old Quarry. Distance approximately a 1.3km circuit with some steep sections. The lookout has good views of Corner Inlet and over Mt Singapore, Mt Vereker, Mt Margaret, Mt Hunter, Mt Roundback and Chinamans Knob. At its best at high tide, the Landing features small sandy coves punctuated with rocky outcrops and platforms that are perfect for exploring and for lolling about on in the sun.
Agnes Falls - At 59 metres, Agnes Falls are the highest single span falls in Victoria. Hidden within the green, rolling hills of the Strzelecki Ranges, the meandering Agnes River cascades over rocks into a deep picturesque gorge. The Agnes Falls are reached from the South Gippsland Highway at Toora by following Silcocks Hill Road, Hazel Park Road and Agnes Falls Road. Alternatively the Agnes Falls Reserve can be reached from Welshpool via Slade Hill Road and Hazel Park Road. These approach roads provide extensive views across Corner Inlet to the peaks of Wilsons Promontory. A short 200-metre walking track leads from the Agnes River Reserve car park to a viewing area overlooking the falls. A small picnic ground set among the tall shady blue gums on the grassy banks of the Agnes River makes a delightful setting for a picnic.
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park - Start at the Yanakie Landing Circuit picnic area and car park on Foley Road . Proceed to the boat launching ramp at Corner Inlet and pick up the sea shore walk to Duck Point and beyond to the Coastal Park.
Hoddle Range Mount Nicoll Lookout Walk -Drive to Fish Creek-Foster Road and to Mt Nicoll car park. Proceed on foot on-to the Hoddle Range walking track and beyond.
Koala Walk - Franklin River Reserve to the Toora Cemetery walk along Dorans Road , is a natural habitat for koalas.
Sandy Point walk/bike path - Commencing at the beach-end of Manuka Street car park, the path goes through coastal bushland to the Shallow Inlet Road , crosses over, then goes all the way to Shallow Inlet through stands of coastal tea-tree, banksias, eucalypts, acacias, and a short section of tidal marsh-land.
Port Franklin Wetlands Walk - The Wetlands Walk allows visitors to wander out onto the wetlands to explore. Watch for the mud crabs as they scamper along at low tide.
Loader Walk - (2km) Loader Walk begins at Mount Nicoll between Fish Creek and Foster. A moderate classed walk with spectacular views.
Rail Trail - Walk, ride or cycle the rail trail (in sections) between Leongatha and Foster. The walk is generally easy but has slight inclines in places.
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park and Historic Lime Kilns - Drive to Walkerville South. Proceed on foot along Waratah Bay to Walkerville North sea cove and the historic lime kilns. Visit the nearby heritage listed cemetery. You are now in the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park . Whilst there visit the Cape Liptrap Lighthouse.
Bald Hills Wetlands Bird Life Reserve - The Wetland Walk is 750 m in length, about 15 minutes one way. The meandering walking track from the car park takes you through open woodlands and Paperbark thickets to a large shallow wetland. From the bird hide you will be rewarded with the sight of a variety of birdlife. The trail is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. NB: The drive from the main road to the Bald Hills wetlands is approximately 5km. The road surface is gravel and can be reasonably rough in places. Bald Hills is a lovely reserve but can at certain times of the year be popular with snakes. Please exercise caution during snake season.
Bike/Walking track between Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay - Walk or ride 5km between the townships on a compacted fine gravel pathway following the banks of the Tarwin River providing many points of interest. Suitable for all fitness levels. Also the site for the annual Tour de Tarwin walk/ride
Port Welshpool - Along the beach to the historic long jetty (it is still closed to the public). Pass under or around jetty and continue walk along the beach to the mangrove area where there are usually groups of black swans and other sea birds. Return walk time around this part of Corner Inlet is approx 40–60 minutes.
OTHER THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO VISIT IN PROM COUNTRY
Waratah Hills Vineyard
Promontory Road, Fish Creek 3959 (between Fish Creek and Yanakie)
Ph: (61) 3 5683 2441
Prom Coast Discovery Tour, exciting 3.5-4 hour boat tour
Departs from Port Franklin
Ph: 0401 376 775
Prom Country Scenic Flights
3580 Meeniyan-Promontory Road, Yanakie
Ph: 0488 555 123
Wildlife Coast Cruises
Leaving from Port Welshpool, cruise for a full day (8 hours) along the remote coast of Wilsons Prom, around the Lighthouse and Skull Rock. Fully catered with buffet lunch and snacks included. These cruises run a few times per year, enquire or see website for dates.
Ph: 1300 763 739
Gippsland Food Adventures
A tour showcasing the region’s food and wine, the people and the country in a fun, relaxed and informative way. Small group tours meet the producers, see their farms, and feel the passion that goes into their produce – get connected with the origins of your food.
Ph: (61) 3 5663 2386
Southern Trail Tours
Small group tours, visiting a range of destinations covering the wine, art and nature trails of the region
Ph: 0487 338 133
Meeniyan-Promontory Road, Yanakie 3960
Scenic helicopter flights over Wilsons Prom.
Ph: 0459 318 888
Gecko Studio Gallery
15 Falls Road, Fish Creek 3959
Ph: (61) 3 5683 2481
Celia Rosser Gallery and Banksia Cafe
Promontory Road, Fish Creek
Phone: (61) 3 5683 2628
Alison Lester Gallery
1 Falls Road, Fish Creek
Phone: (61) 3 5683 2352
Ride the Wild Goat Gallery
Falls Road, Fish Creek
Phone: (61) 3 5683 2261
Stefani Hilltop Gallery
9 Keanes Rd, Fish Creek
Station Road, Foster
Phone: (61) 3 5682 1125
Sandy Point Art Gallery
33 Beach Parade, Sandy Point
Phone: (61) 3 5684 1094
Meeniyan Art Gallery
84 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan
Phone: (61) 3 5664 0101
Foster and District Historical Society Museum
Main Street (opposite Pearl Park)
See gold mining display and records depicting Foster's gold mining origins, history and pioneers.
Foster Heated Swimming Pool
Open mid-December to March, on days where the forecast for Leongatha is 26degrees or higher.
Reserve Road, Foster
Foster Flora Reserves walking tracks
Foster Golf Club
7 Reserve Road, Foster
Phone: (61) 3 5682 2272
Sandy Point General Store and Mini Golf
107 Beach Parade, Sandy Point
Phone: (61) 3 5684 1482
Yanakie Tennis Courts
Open for public use. BYO racquets and balls
Fish Creek Bowls Club
Terrill Park, Falls Road, Fish Creek
Phone: (61) 3 5683 2382
Visitors welcome all year round. Casual dress to be worn with flat soled shoes (or bare feet).
Offshore Surf School
32 Park Street, Inverloch
Phone: (61) 3 5674 3374
Wilsons Prom Sea Kayaking
28 Linforth Road, Welshpool
Phone: (61) 3 5966 5110
Toora Heated Swimming Pool
14 Cunningham Street, Toora
Phone: (61) 3 5686 2296
Toora Bird Hide
Wander along the boardwalk to the bird hide and observation deck
Stony Creek Go Karts
South Gippsland Hwy, Stony Creek
Ph: (61) 3 5664 7272
Coal Creek Community Park & Museum
South Gippsland Highway, Korumburra
Ph: (61) 3 5655 1811
Prom Country Cheese Cellar Door
275 Andersons Inlet Rd, Moyarra/Bena
Opened in Sept 2014, the cheese experience center is set amongst the pastures and animals on the farm. View the cheese making process or soak up the beauty of the Moyarra Valley from the verandah while enjoying a tasting plate of cheeses made on site.
Wonthaggi State Coal Mine
Garden Street, Wonthaggi 3995
Ph: 131 963
Journey back to the difficult working conditions of mining days past, seen through interpretive displays, audio visuals and heritage walks, Go underground into the mine.
Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum
Tarraville Road, Port Albert
Phone: (61) 3 5183 2520
The accredited Gippsland Maritime Museum is located at historic Port Albert, 1 hour from Yanakie. Its extensive collection is housed in the heritage listed 1861 bank of Victoria, built to store gold from the Gippsland gold rush. Its archives are available for research.
Port Welshpool District and Maritime Museum
Cnr Turnbull and Townsend Streets, Port Welshpool
Phone: (61) 3 5688 1220
Provides an insight to the fishing industry in Corner Inlet as it was from 1900 to 1950 with many old photos, maps and items used during these times by fishermen to pursue their livelihood
The Great Southern Rail Trail
(Bicycle Hire at Meeniyan Motel)
Walk or ride sections of the Rail Trail, which extends from Leongatha to Foster
Essential Body Basics
8 Bridge Street, Foster
Phone: (61) 3 5682 1200
Like to be pampered or relax while on holidays? Massage treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures, thermal body treatments, waxing, hairdressing.
South Gippsland Massage Therapy
Mobile service, based in Koonwarra
Phone: 0409 955 834
Offering Remedial, Sports and Relaxation massage in Koonwarra and South Gippsland through a mobile service. Predominately available after business hours and on weekends.
EATING OUT ON THE PROM COAST
The Fish Creek Hotel
Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek
Tel: (61) 3 5683 2404
43 Main St, Foster
Tel: (61) 3 5682 2377
Café KO Bar and Grill
2 Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek
Tel: (61) 3 5683 2207
3 Bridge Street, Foster
Tel: (61) 3 5682 1612
Royal Standard Hotel
Stanley Street, Toora
Tel: (61) 3 5686 2475
Sandy Point Café
105 Beach Parade, Sandy Point
Tel: (61) 3 5683 2338
Moo's at Meeniyan
89 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan
Tel: (61) 3 5664 0100
Trulli Woodfired Pizza
106 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan
Tel: (61) 3 5664 7397
South Gippsland Hwy, Koonwarra
Tel: (61) 3 5664 2285
PROM COAST LOOKOUTS
Foster North: 6km north-west from Foster along the South Gippsland Highway , the views are spectacular.
Silcocks Hill: part way up Silcocks Hill Road Toora on the way to Agnes Falls, near the wind farm, is a lookout with magnificent views across Corner Inlet to the Prom
Hoddle: Fish Creek-Foster Road, approximately 5kms from Foster - picnic table with spectacular views across farming country and Corner Inlet to Wilsons Prom.
Sandy Point: Ned Neale's Lookout, Beach Parade, Sandy Point , with picnic tables, viewing platform, and boardwalk to the beach.
Waratah Bay: access lookout from the car park at The Gap (the first car park entrance as soon as you round the bend towards Waratah Bay.
Venus Bay viewing Tower: Lees Road Venus Bay . Views across the Anderson Inlet flood plain with a plethora of wildlife.
Foster Showground Market - selected Sundays from Nov to Easter (mainly public holiday weekends)
Promontory Home Produce and Craft Market, Foster Showgrounds, 8am start
Foster - 3rd Saturday every month, 8am-12pm
Prom Country Farmers Markets, Foster War Memorial Arts Centre and Park
Koonwarra - 1st Saturday of every month
Koonwarra Farmers Market, Memorial Park, Koonwarra, 8am-1pm
Coal Creek - 2nd Saturday of every month
Coal Creek Farmers Market Coal Creek Village, Korrumburra 8am-12.30pm
PROM COUNTRY REGIONAL TOURISM BROCHURES
- Prom Country Visitor's Guide
- Prom Country Tourism Map
- Prom Country Drives Brochure
- Prom Country Shopping Guide
- Prom Country Walking Trails Brochure (walks OUTSIDE Wilsons Prom)
- Prom Country Water Activities Brochure
- Prom Country Bird Watching Guide
- Prom Country Golfing Guide
- Gippsland Touring Map
- Inspiring Gippsland Walks Brochure