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.
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.
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.
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.
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.