Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park
Address: Wilsons Promontory Rd, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria 3960
Freecall: 131 963
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is a diver's paradise, featuring spectacular underwater scenery. Granite cliffs plunge below the surface and deep reefs are covered in sponges. Its small islands are home to colonies of penguins, seabirds and seals.
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is Victoria's largest Marine Protected Area at 15,550ha. It extends along 17km of mainland coastline and is located around the southern tip of Wilsons Promontory. The coastline here is absolutely stunning, with beautiful sandy beaches, granite mountains and cliffs with a backdrop of rugged picturesque offshore islands.
There is a huge diversity of marine life within the waters at the Prom. Brilliantly coloured fish are present such as the Red Velvetfish, Eastern Blue Groper and wrasse as well as Leafy Seadragons and schools of Barber Perch. Intertidal molluscs such as limpets and snails, as well as anemones, brittlestars and seastars, are also common within the waters.
Divers will experience fascinating sponge gardens which consist of a technicoloured assemblage of sponges, sea tulips, sea whips, lace corals and seafans. Octopus emerge at night whilst sharks and rays roam the sandy areas. The offshore islands support many colonies of fur seals and oceanic birds such as Little Penguins, Fairy Prions, Silver Gulls and Pacific Gulls.
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Content: Parks Victoria
Wilsons Promontory Marine Reserve and Wilsons Promontory Marine Park are located around the coastline of Wilsons Promontory National Park and its nearby islands. These are located approximately 220 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.
- Fishing - Beach
- Wind Surfing
Additional business information
The exploitation of resources by Europeans in the area dates back to 1798. The early history of European use of Wilsons Promontory was based on maritime industries such as whaling, sealing and fishing, and the area depended on ships for transport until well into this century. Remains of whaling stations and other industries, such as whale bones, jetty posts and rubbish, can still be seen. Over the last 150 years about 40 vessels have been wrecked in the vicinity of Wilsons Promontory. Some wrecks are accessible to divers and may be explored provided nothing is disturbed. On the coast of Home Cove, at the southern end of Waterloo Bay there a number of archaeological sites including a fireplace and stone hearths suggesting this area was possibly a seasonal base for fishers or log extraction at the turn of the 20th century. Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal coastal communities also have a strong interest in the management of the area.
Precautions & Looking After The Park
Precautions For your own safety, only undertake activities appropriate to your skills and abilities. Take all necessary precautions, be aware of changing conditions, and watch for potential hazards, such as rips. A number of Victorian marine animals are potentially harmful if not treated with respect and care, so ensure that you familiarise yourself with these species. Sunburn and hypothermia are also potentially harmful but easily avoided. SCUBA diving is a potentially high risk activity and should only be undertaken by appropraitely qualified people that have completed recognised training and certification. Victoria's cool water environments can be extremely challenging to those used to diving in warmer waters so ensure that local knowledge is sought before undertaking a dive in a new location. Dive charter operators can provide some of the best advice on diving in Victoria.
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