Tidal River Visitor Centre


Tidal River Visitor Centre

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Open daily, the Tidal River Visitor Centre has everything you need to get the most out of your Wilsons Promontory visit. Get advice and tips from the friendly staff, pick up helpful visitor guides and maps, and learn about the colourful history of the iconic Prom.

Tidal River is the main location for camping and accommodation options at Wilsons Promontory. The helpful staff at the visitor centre can help with all park enquiries, from accommodation bookings, to insider tips on where to spot native wildlife as well as booking permits for overnight hikes within the national park.

An interpretive display tells colourful stories of Wilsons Prom, covering its rich history and natural values.

Mobile device charging stations are available outside the Tidal River Visitor Centre and in some laundries throughout the campground. A $2 coin is required to access the charging stations which is returned when you have finished charging your device.

Next to the Visitor Centre, the Tidal River General Store stocks the essentials, including milk, bread, ice, gas refills and souvenirs, along with a basic range of supermarket, emergency items and hot and cold food.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Tidal River is a safe and enjoyable one.

How to get there

Tidal River Visitor Centre

Wilsons Promontory National Park is located about 3-hours drive south-east Melbourne. The Tidal River Visitor Centre is located along Ring Road adjacent the main campground at Tidal River and approximately 30-minutes drive south of the park entrance.

A free shuttle bus operates between Tidal River and Telegraph Saddle during the summer and Easter school holidays, and on weekends from November to April. Departure points include the Tidal River Visitor Centre Carpark, the overnight hikers carpark at Tidal River and Telegraph Saddle carpark.

The bus timetable is posted at all departure locations and the Tidal River Visitor Centre. Telegraph Saddle carpark is closed to vehicle access when the shuttle bus is in operation.


Picnic Area

Need to know

Tidal River Visitor Centre


  • What happens if I arrive after the office at closed at Tidal River

    Depending on if you are staying in a campsite or roofed accommodation the answer differs.

    If you are staying in a camp site (outside of peak time) please drive around and select the site you wish to stay in. The sites are not allocated outside of the peak period. Please ensure to have your booking number clearly printed on the dash board of your car and then check in at the Visitor Centre the following morning. 

    If you are in roofed accommodation there is a board a the entrance to the Visitor Centre, this will have either your name of booking number along with the accommodation/hut or cabin name indicated. The keys will be left in the door for your arrival. 

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Sealers Cove Campsite Closed

    Sealers Cove Campsite is currently closed due to significant tree hazards.

    Sealers Cove Walking Track and Boardwalk Closed

    The track between Telegraph Saddle and Sealers Cove will be closed until further notice.
    It is likely to be closed during the peak season due to the extensive storm damage to the boardwalk.

    Little Oberon Bay Walking Track (Norman Point to Little Oberon Bay) Closed

    Little Oberon Walking Track is closed between Norman Point and Oberon Bay until further notice due to significant erosion to the track. 
    Oberon Bay Campsite is only accessible via Telegraph Saddle Walking Track until further notice. 

    Refuge Cove (North Refuge Cove Walking Track to Sealers Cove) Closed

    The walking track between Refuge Cove and Sealers Cove is closed until further notice, anticipated to reopen by Christmas 2021. 
    Refuge Cove campsite will remain open.

    Lilly Pilly Gully (Boardwalk section) Closed

    Lilly Pilly Gully Walking Track is open, however the boardwalk section is being repaired and will reopen by Christmas 2021.

    Whisky Bat Toilet Closed

    Whisky Bay Toilets will be closed until further notice. 
    The nearest public toilet can be found at Picnic Bay.

    4WD Boat Launching Access - Norman Beach, Tidal River

    Due to changes in river conditions, a 4WD is required for boat launching at Norman Bay. 

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Information Centre
1 Ring Road
Tidal River VIC 3960
13 1963
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