Photo Essay Images in Wilsons Promontory National Park of Short Scenic Walks Tidal River, Lilly Pilly Gully and Loo-Ern Track
A day visit to Wilsons Promontory National Park, 'the Prom', can only introduce the parks nature and wildlife but a day's visit is still rewarding with great nature, landscape and wildlife photography opportunities. Motel/Hotel accommodation and restaurants in the rural area is limited so it's necessary to stay in villages to the north of the park unless camping of self-catering. One village option is Meeniyan, which has a Motel and a Hotel together with some cafes and restaurants.
Stay for two nights at Meeniyan, 55 Km from the park entrance, this allows a full day visit to the Prom without too much driving on that day. From the park entrance, the road initially goes through bush with small trees and shrubs. After 13 Km, there is a place to pull off the road, which is next to a small open grass area, the start of the Prom Wildlife Walk.
Wildlife in the open grassed area: Common emu (Dromaius or Dromiceius novaehollandiae), sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) and long-billed corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) feed. Driving on the road eventually opens with vistas of the Prom and offshore granite islands. On the way there are several lookouts with pull-offs at the side of the road, such as Glennie Lookout together with sealed side roads to Whisky Bay, Picnic Bay and Squeaky Beach.
Lilly-Pilly Gully Nature Walk
Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk is a continuation of the Link Track, which starts in Tidal River but if time is short its worth stopping at the Lilly-Pilly Gullycarpark, before Tidal River is reached. From here it's an easy walk, which returns by the same path so can be ended anywhere along the 2.6 Km route. It passes through heathland, eucalyptus trees and temperate rainforest. The gallery below shows some of the spring flowering wild flowers growing along the track.
The gallery shows some images of spring flowers along the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature walk: White kunzea (Kunzea ambigua), common correa (Correa reflexa), prickly moses (Acacia verticillata), prickly guinea Flower (Hibbertia acicularis), white iris (Diplarrena moraea), blunt-leaf heath (Epacris obtusifolia) and common heath (Epacris impressa).
The Prom Visitor Centre is located at Tidal River where there is a large campground and some self-contained cabins. Many short and day walks start from here. To introduce the river and wetlands walk the Loo-ErnTrack and forvistas of the river and coast walk the Lilly Pilly Link Track and Tidal Outlook Circuit. If time is limited, walk partway and backtrack.
Loo-Ern and Lilly Pilly Link Tracks
Loo-Ern Track is an easy 500 m boardwalk along the south bank of Tidal River. There some interesting vistas of trees on the north bank and inland bush landscapes – wildlife and birds especially where the track winds its way to a bridge.
Bird species near the bridge: Superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) immature male moulting into breeding plumage, a rather wet looking grey butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus), a welcome swallow (Hirundo neoxena) several birds were flying around, and under the bridge as well as perching on the handrail and red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata).
Lilly Pilly Link Track, Tidal Outlook Circuit and a couple of other walks start from the north bank of the river. Access the north bank by crossing the bridge from Loo-Ern Track. There are some magnificent views of the river and coast.
The gallery shows images of some spring flowers along the Lilly Pilly Link Track: Hairy pink-bells (Tetratheca pilosa), common fringe-lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) and a yellow flower.