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This Management Plan for Wilsons Promontory National Park is approved for implementation. Its purpose is to direct all aspects of management in the park until the plan is reviewed. A Draft Management Plan for the park was published in December 2000. Forty-one submissions were received and have been considered in developing this approved Management Plan.
This plan may be downloaded from the Parks Victoria website ''. Copies of the plan may be purchased for $8.80 (including GST) from:
Parks Victoria Information Centre Level 10, 535 Bourke Street


NRE Information Centre 8 Nicholson Street


Foster Office Parks Victoria PO Box 91


Tidal River Office

Wilsons Promontory National Park TIDAL RIVER via FOSTER VIC 3960

For further information on this plan, please contact: Graeme Davis

Chief Ranger Foster Office Parks Victoria PO Box 91


w 03 5682 2133

This plan is prepared without prejudice to any negotiated or litigated outcome of any native title determination applications covering land or waters within the plan’s area. It is acknowledged that any future outcomes of native title determination applications may necessitate amendment of this plan; and the implementation of this plan may require further notifications under the procedures in Division 3 of Part 2 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth).
The plan is also prepared without prejudice to any future negotiated outcomes between the Government/s and Victorian Aboriginal communities. It is acknowledged that such negotiated outcomes may necessitate amendment of this plan.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this report is accurate. Parks Victoria does not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from your reliance on any information in the publication.


MARCH 2002

Published in March 2002 by Parks Victoria

Level 10, 535 Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000.

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

Parks Victoria.

Wilsons Promontory National Park management plan.


ISBN 0 7311 8315 0

1. National parks and reserves - Victoria - Wilsons Promontory - Management. 2. Conservation of natural resources - Victoria - Wilsons Promontory. 3. Wilsons Promontory National Park (Vic.) - Management. I. Title.

Cover: Wilsons Promontory National Park, looking south towards Rodondo Island (Photo: David Tatnall)

Printed on recycled paper to help save our natural environment

Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of the most significant national parks in Victoria. Indeed, the Prom is the best-loved national park for many Victorians. It has outstanding conservation, recreation and wilderness values, and has been designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.
The diverse and essentially unspoilt character of the park and its outstanding scenery attract those wanting to experience a unique part of Victoria, particularly through camping, bushwalking and nature study.
The long-term management framework established in the plan will protect the outstanding natural and cultural values of the park today and for future generations.
Publication of the plan honours the Bracks Government’s election commitment to develop a new integrated management plan for Wilsons Promontory National Park. The

plan implements the Government’s commitments to prevent further commercial development in the park and ensure that the focus of management is on nature conservation.

The planning area includes Wilsons Promontory Lightstation Reserve area, in accordance with the Government’s commitment to add the reserve to the park, and the Citadel Island Lightstation area, which is also proposed to be added. The plan also incorporates a proposal for a Remote and Natural Area to protect the largely undisturbed and significant southern section of the park.
I thank those individuals and organisations who made submissions on the draft plan, and I look forward to the community’s ongoing support for the management of this very special national park.

Sherryl Garbutt MP Minister for Environment and Conservation

This Approved Management Plan prepared under section 17 of the National Parks Act 1975 (Vic.) is approved for implementation.
The Plan provides the basis and direction for the future management of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

It was finalised following careful consideration of the forty-one submissions received on the draft plan released in December 2000.

Chloe Munro

Secretary to the

Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Mark Stone Chief Executive Parks Victoria

Wilsons Promontory National Park

(50 460 ha)1 is the oldest existing national park in Victoria. Mostly temporarily reserved in

1898 and permanently reserved since 1905, it is today a significant component of the State’s park system.
The park has outstanding natural values. It is important for its range of plants and animals, including many threatened species. It is renowned for its spectacular coastal scenery and the opportunity to enjoy its splendid natural setting in a variety of ways, including walking, camping, sightseeing, viewing wildlife, fishing, boating and other activities. There are outstanding opportunities for both day and overnight walks. A large campground, a range of serviced accommodation and other facilities are available at Tidal River2, which has long been a favourite holiday destination, particularly for family groups.

The park receives about 380 000 visit-days3 per year comprising 120 000 visits and over 260 000 overnight stays.

Major management directions are summarised below.

  • Adoption of a more systematic approach to ecological management through management of fire, programs for the protection of threatened species, and restoration of the park’s heathlands and grassy woodlands.

  • Incorporation of the Wilsons Promontory and Citadel Island Lightstation Reserves into the Wilsons Promontory National Park.

  • Development of new nature trails and basic visitor facilities, and upgrading standards of existing tracks.

  • Improvement of visitor services and facilities including upgrading the quality and arrangement of facilities at Tidal River, while applying high standards of environmental management.

  • Establishment of a ‘Centre of Excellence for Park Management’ program for research, monitoring and the teaching of park management.

  • Investigate world heritage listing for Wilsons Promontory National Park.

  • Designation of a new Southern Wilsons Promontory Remote and Natural Area and incorporation of Citadel Island Lightstation Reserve area into the Wilsons Promontory Islands Remote and Natural Area.

  1. Includes area between mean high and low water mark; excludes area of Citadel Island and Wilsons Promontory Lightstation Reserves.

  2. In this document the term ‘Tidal River’ means the Tidal River campground comprising campground, cabins, lodges and other visitor facilities. The term ‘Tidal River stream’ is used to indicate the waterway of Tidal River.

  3. A ‘visit-day’ is defined as the number of day visitors (people entering the Park for the first time on any given day and staying one day or less) plus the number of overnight stays.




    1. Location and planning area 1

    2. Creation of the park 1

    3. Developing the management plan 1

  2. BASIS 2

    1. Regional context 2

    2. Park values and significance 2

    3. Past land use 3

    4. The park visitor 4

    5. Legislation, LCC recommendations and guidelines 4


    1. Park vision 7

    2. Zoning 7

    3. Management directions 8


    1. Geological and landform features 13

    2. Rivers and catchments 13

    3. Vegetation 15

    4. Fauna 16

    5. Landscape 18

    6. Fire management 19

    7. Pest plants and animals, and diseases 20

    8. Soil conservation 22

    9. Aboriginal cultural heritage 22

    10. Post-settlement cultural heritage 24


    1. Information, interpretation and education 26

    2. Access 28

    3. Amenity 33

    4. Day visitor activities 35

    5. Overnight accommodation 36

    6. Bushwalking 37

    7. Camping outside the Recreation Zone 40

    8. Boating 41

    9. Fishing 42

    10. Rock climbing and abseiling 43

    11. Commercial services 43

    12. Public safety 44


    1. Community partnerships 45


    1. Centre of Excellence for Park Management program 46

    2. Management and support services infrastructure 47

    3. Management access 49

    4. Authorised uses 49

    5. Boundaries and adjacent uses 50




  1. Threatened flora 54

  2. Threatened fauna 57


  1. Management zones and overlays 10

  2. Tidal River precincts 11

  3. Summary of recreation activities 12

  4. Management of roads and walking tracks 30

  5. Overnight accommodation at Tidal River and the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation 37

  6. Existing and proposed visitor facilities 39




End of plan


Land tenure



Management zones and overlays



Recreation zone boundaries



Tidal River recreation zone–existing conditions



Tidal River recreation zone–proposed precincts



Visitor access and facilities



Proposed walking tracks


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