Tidal River Campground - Wilsons Promontory NP

National Park - Victoria

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Explore the newly refurbished visitor centre to obtain information about walking tracks and things to do within Wilsons Promontory National Park. The visitor centre is open daily from 8.30am - 4.30pm.The Tidal River General Store stock milk, bread, ice, gas refills and souvenirs, along with a basic range of supermarket and emergency items. Hot and cold food is available from the takeaway at the store. 


Tidal River is the main camping location in Wilsons Promontory National Park, offering 484 camping and caravan sites situated near the beach and river. 20 powered sites are available and pre-booking is advisable. 


The sites vary in size and are located next to each other. There bases are pretty much hard dirt, after all you are bush camping. Campground facilities include modern amenity blocks with toilets, hot showers, laundry facilities, dishwashing stations, a playground and picnic areas equipped with free gas barbecues. 


Generators and fires, including solid fuel compounds, are not permitted. 


Tidal River offers self-contained cabins, huts, group lodges and Wilderness Retreats. Cabins accommodate up to six people. They feature natural light and a timber deck area for outdoor relaxation. Facilities in two cabins are suitable for people with disabilities.Huts are one room huts that can accommodate either four or six people in bunk beds. Guests provide their own linen, blankets, pillow and towels and make use of the nearby campground amenities.Wilderness Retreats (not included in summer ballot) offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while staying in high comfort, low impact, safari-style tents.

Group Lodges are perfect for schools, family groups, clubs and tour groups. Lodges can accommodate groups of 12, 24 or 30 people. Blankets and pillows are supplied however guests provide their own linen and towels. 


Outside of the summer ballot period accommodation can be pre-booked up to 12 months in advance by calling 13 1963.Bookings are essential and minimum stays apply throughout the year.

Please note: that animals are not permitted here at any time.

There is plenty do here with numerous walks around the Prom. Take a swim in the many beaches (Norman is the safest beach here) or have a surf. 


Please be aware that they hold Summer Ballots. You will not get in over summer holidays unless you are preapproved in July earlier that year. Exception over summer holidays:  they hold 15 sites for international and interstate visitors open each day.  You must show I.D. and first in-best dressed.  You will then be able to stay for two days only.

More information below:
Each year a ballot is held for booking Tidal River camping and accommodation (except Wilderness Retreats) for the five weeks from Christmas until late January. 

Ballot applications are made online throughout the month of June. To keep the ballot fair to all entrants, applications which stand at the close of the ballot are considered final and a cancellation fee applies to any withdrawal of a successful application after the draw has taken place. Minimum stays apply.
CMCA User
 17/04/2014
Team Tripigy went through here in January 2014 over school holidays and there was not one spare site available until after Australia Day weekend. It was extremely busy but the facilities are well maintained and we can verify all facilities are correct. It would be a fantastic place to visit off season if you are looking for a quieter camp experience. The walks are all fantastic and we found Norman Beach great for kids. The general store and cafe are very good. Of course most prices are double in price in the general store so make sure you bring your essentials from home. Also, be aware that the last petrol/diesel you will get is 45kms away at Yanakie, so make sure you have enough fuel. It is a great place to spend some time at, so highly recommend you stay and definitely take your camera!

CMCA User
 25/11/2019
We love the Prom. It’s an amazing place with walks ranging from 5 minutes to 5 days and everything in between. The river and beach are close to the camp sites. The campground at Tidal River can be crowded and the sites are dry and dusty at present. The amenities are good. Clean and well maintained. There’s not many powered sites but these are best avoided anyway. Always busy and very worn. Find a nice unpowered site (there’s 450 of them). Taps are nearby. Now the price has been reduced it’s a great place to stay for a few days.
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