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article imageWilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia Special

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By Joseph Boltrukiewicz     Sep 27, 2011 in Travel
Melbourne - Wilsons Promontory National Park (in short PROM) is on the southernmost tip of continental Australia. From here, after bypassing Tasmania, there's a straight line to reach the cold Antarctic iceland.
The park was nominated to the rank of national park in 1898 and now is one of the most popular national parks in Australia.
The southernmost tip of land where the park is located is surrounded by the sea from three sides. Its total area is more than 50 hectares and it includes the off-shore islands.
Squeeky Beach with its snowy white sands that really squeek under your feet when walking on it   Wil...
Squeeky Beach with its snowy white sands that really squeek under your feet when walking on it, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia.
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The PROM is the collection of beautiful beaches, breathtaking views with spectacular rock formations and abundant wildlife including wombats, kangaroos, echidnas and smaller marsupials.
Plant life is represented by ever present eucalyptus forests, heath, swamps and grassy woodlands that constitute natural environment to mammals, birds, reptiles and endemic insects.
Endemic floral life of Squeeky Beach at  Wilsons Promontory National Park  Victoria  Australia.
Endemic floral life of Squeeky Beach at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia.
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This natural reserve, in close proximity to Melbourne, is a popular destination to everyone all year round with the most attractive season to visit in the fall (March-April). Seasonal attractions of the park include wildflowers of the spring, hot days in summer and foggy days in winter. But open exposure to the sea never guarantees any stable weather on this narrow strip of land.
Spooky entrance to Squeeky Beach   Wilsons Promontory National Park  Victoria  Australia.
Spooky entrance to Squeeky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia.
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Turbulent geological past made this part of land linked with both the mainland and Tasmania which became a site of very diverse flora and fauna. There are more than 700 native plant species, 30 kinds of mammals, and around 180 species of birds. There are also reptiles, amphibians and several invertebrates.
Rock formations of Squeeky Beach   Wilsons Promontory National Park  Victoria  Australia.
Rock formations of Squeeky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia.
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Aboriginal people have also left their mark in the area. Their evidence is left in extensive shell deposits called middens behind many of the beaches. Some of their descendants still live in nearby Gippsland and are great source of stories of their people's heritage.
Endemic examples of flora at Wilsons Promontory National Park  Victoria  Australia.
Endemic examples of flora at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia.
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General view before entering Wilsons Promontory National Park  Victoria  Australia.
General view before entering Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia.
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