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  • Length: 12.5km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Tidal River Visitor Centre

  • End: Tidal River Visitor Centre

  • Closest Town: Tidal River

  • Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 259km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -39.0303733600

  • Longitude: 146.3222372500

Summary

The Squeaky Beach, Pillar Point, Norman Bay circuit combines a range of short walks easily accessed from Tidal River in the heart of Wilsons Promontory.

The hike commences at the picnic area in the carpark opposite the Tidal River Visitor Centre. The Loo Errn track follows the south bank of Tidal River and provides access to the Tidal River footbridge. A short boardwalk (with platforms allowing access for fishing) protects the fragile wetlands. Once over the footbridge you will arrive at a junction. Turning left here will take you to Squeaky Beach and Pillar Point. Turn right and follow the Lilly Pilly Link Track. This section of the hike commands stunning views of Norman Beach and Tidal River. Spectacular spring wildflower displays can be seen in the coastal heathland.

Before reaching Wilsons Promontory Road you will reach another junction. Turn left at this point to follow the Tidal Overlook Track
This track ascends from the Lilly Pilly Link Track junction then loops around the headland between Norman and Leonard Bays. As the headland starts to narrow you will reach the track to Squeaky Beach on your right. Continue straight ahead along the trail to Pillar Point. Pillar Point is an outcrop of granite boulders providing breathtaking views of Norman and Squeaky Beaches and the Prom’s offshore islands.

Retrace your steps to the junction of the Squeaky Beach Track. turning left, descend along the western sidde of the headland towards Squeaky Beack. Take a wander along the famous white sand of Squeaky Beach and have a dip in the turquoise waters of one of Wilsons Promontory’s most iconic beaches. The rounded grains of quartz make a squeaking sound when you walk, giving this popular local beach its name.

Retrace your steps again as you ascend the headland from the beach to the junction of the Pillar Point, Squeaky Beach and Tidal Overland Tracks. At this point you will want to continue east over the headland and head towards Tidal River.

Back at the footbridge you can choose to head through the camping area and back to your start point or take some time to wander along the final stretches of Tidal River and around onto Norman Bay. Walk to the end of Norman Beach and locate the Norman Bay South Track on your left. Follow this track along its length back to the Tidal River Visitors Centre.

Campground facilities at Tidal River

Tidal River offers 484 camping and caravan sites situated near the beach and river. 20 powered sites are available.

Campground facilities include modern amenity blocks with toilets, hot showers, laundry facilities, dish-washing stations and picnic areas equipped with free gas barbecues.

About the Region

Wilsons Promontory National Park protects 50,460 hectares including pristine beaches, cool shaded rainforests, cloud soaked mountain peaks and rugged offshore islands. A remote historic lighthouse illuminates seas at the southern tip of the Prom.

Total distance: 12564 m
Max elevation: 138 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 359 m
Total descent: -359 m
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