Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park
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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.
In October 2018, Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park received a Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Platinum Award to honour its strong protection of marine ecosystems and biodiversity. It is the first park in Australia, and only one of six in the world, to receive the Global Ocean Refuge Platinum Award. This puts the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park amongst the world's best marine protected areas.
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.
This park is accessed by land or via boat (launching point in Tidal River, Sandy Point or for larger vessels wishing to visit the park from Port Welshpool).
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
Indigenous tradition indicates that Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is part of the sacred Country of the Yiruk for the Gunai/Kurnai Indigenous people and the Wamoom for the Boonwurrung Indigenous people.
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