Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

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Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

Perched on a small peninsula jutting out into the wild seas of Bass Strait, the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse and its historic residences are the southernmost settlement on the Australian mainland. Adding to its remote appeal, the lightstation is only accessible by foot, along the Southern Prom Circuit Hikes.

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Built in 1859 from local granite, the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is a perfect place to witness the Prom’s rugged and spectacular coastal environment while staying in the comfort of the historic cottages next to the lightstation.

Begin your adventure from the Telegraph Saddle Carpark and climb through eucalypt forest and sandy, coastal tee-tree scrub to reach the lightstation. Or opt for the coastal route and traverse the granite strewn landscapes on your way to Oberon Bay, before cutting inland and heading towards the lightstation.

In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was no communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives. Today, visitors can taste a little of the lighthouse keeper lifestyle by staying in cottages next to the lighthouse. The cottages are available for individual and group bookings for one or two nights.

The three bookable cottages offer everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a fully equipped shared kitchen with an oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Things to do in the area

A couple follow the path on the Southern Circuit Overnight Hike.

Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit Overnight Hikes

Hike your way to overnight camping sites and sleep in bookable shady campsites with views of glassy torquoise water.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.

Lighthouses

Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Stargazing

Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.

How to get there

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is only accessible on foot. To reach the lightstation, visitors must hike from either Tidal River and via Oberon Bay or from the Telegraph Saddle Carpark. Visitors booked in on any of the overnight hikes at Wilsons Promontory National Park must sign-in at the Tidal River Visitor Centre before setting out.

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Need to know

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

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. 

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Three hikers walk along the beach at Wilson Promontory National Park.

Wilsons Promontory Northern Overnight Hikes

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