Revitalising tourism at remarkable Wilsons Prom
Monday 28 March, 2022
A $23 million project that will provide a boost to the visitor experience at Wilsons Promontory National Park is underway, with consultants sought to design, develop and further investigate park upgrades as part of the large-scale project.
The Wilsons Prom Revitalisation project will deliver a range of improvements in the national park which is an important regional tourism destination that is much loved by local, interstate and international visitors.
New and upgraded walks are planned to boost the Prom’s trail network, including a Telegraph Saddle trail to connect Tidal River and Mount Obero. The visitor precinct at Tidal River will also be revamped, with a Request for Tender being released for consultants to rejuvenate the key visitor hub.
New accommodation options and amenities will further improve the visitor experience, with the project looking to add units outside the northern park boundary and at Tidal River, where the popular campground will be upgraded, the footbridge replaced, and an all-abilities accessible Changing Places facility added as part of the Victorian Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors investment.
Managing traffic congestion, especially around Tidal River, is a priority, with high vehicle numbers during peak periods raising concerns about visitor safety, illegal parking and potential environmental impacts. Parks Victoria is seeking consultants to investigate and design traffic management and carparking options, including the feasibility of a park-and-ride service.
Detailed assessments and studies will inform where, when and how components of this complex project are delivered, and Parks Victoria will be engaging with Traditional Owners and specialist consultants to ensure the Prom’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental values are protected.
The Request for Tender processes for the Visitor precinct upgrade, and parking and congestion management follows the request for consultants to develop a 10km predator-proof exclusion fence across the Yanakie Isthmus that will turn the park into the state’s largest conservation sanctuary.
Parks Victoria will be seeking visitor and community feedback on aspects of the project, with visitor surveys in the park during Autumn. An Engage Victoria page will also be available with further information and opportunities to share feedback.
The majority of on-ground works for the project are expected during 2023 and 2024, phased to take into account seasonal factors, land conditions and market availability.
This project has received $23 million from the Victorian Government as part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan.