Fly over Wilsons Promontory National Park
Located at the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory National Park is a popular place for Victorians to connect with nature and wildlife.
In this 360-degree video you can experience the sunrise from the top of Mount Oberon, watch the waves rolling in at Tidal River and fly over some of the most beautiful nature areas in the state.
Did you know? The marine national park at the bottom of The Prom is the only place in Australia with a Blue Park Award. This international award recognises the excellent conservation work by Parks Victoria and partners to monitor and protect Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park over the several decades.
A unique landscape
The rugged landscape at Wilsons Prom was formed about 350 million years ago by molten rock which pushed up through the earth’s crust and formed a series of mountains and valleys.
This mountain chain stretched from the Prom all the way down to Tasmania and used to link the island to the mainland. More than 10,000 years ago the sea levels rose, cutting Tasmania off from the mainland and submerging the link in Bass Strait.
Wilsons Promontory is one of the highest points of this mountain chain and that’s the reason there are so many impressive islands off the coast, huge granite boulders on the beaches and mountains scattered across the Prom. There are thirteen islands surrounding the Prom which are part of the national park.
The area is significant to many people, but especially to the Gunaikurnai, Bunurong and Boonwurrung people, who are traditionally and culturally associated with the area.
What are we looking at?
There are so many different types of ecosystems at Wilsons Prom. Flying overhead you can see rainforest, tall open forest, woodland, heathland, swamp and coastal communities.
The dense vegetation coving Mount Oberon and many of the high points of the Prom is made up of hardy heathland and dry forest. These plants have managed to thrive in some difficult locations, where wind speeds can reach 170 kilometers per hour and temperatures vary from 0 degrees to 42 degrees.
The Prom has a vast network of walking tracks, bridges and boardwalks which provide access to pristine beaches and areas of wilderness. The tracks also play an important role in conserving the precious natural environment, guiding people through the park while preventing damage to native plants and animals in off-track areas.
Did you know? More than 20% of Victoria’s native plant species and half of the state’s bird species occur in Wilsons Promontory National Park.