South Gippsland - Victoria - Australia
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Panoramic view of the large sand dune called Big Drift at Wilsons Promontory National Park in South Gippsland, Victoria.

Drift Track - Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory National Park is an eco-friendly, diverse wilderness area at the south-eastern tip of Australia, with fascinating sights, unusual features and beautiful scenery. It's also a wonderful place to go for bush walks and take photographs - at any time of year.

The Drift Track at Wilsons Promontory is not very well known to the general public. It leads you to gigantic sand dunes, the biggest called 'Big Drift'. I've been told that when the sun is shining, it is hot like the desert, but on the winter day we walked there the sky was overcast and the temperate inside the dune was pleasantly warm.  At this point there are no maps of the track itself and I needed to ask at the gateway office staff for a hand drawn map and directions.

Collage of photographs taken of the sand dunes on the Drift Track at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Big Drift - A walk to Big Drift from the car park at the gateway office is approximately 3 kilometers each way and follows the gently undulating management vehicle tracks for the first 2 kilometers.

The Drift Track itself then takes you over edge of the sand dunes, through scrub and natural forest with a surprise when you actually reach Big Drift. The landscape changes dramatically in a matter of meters and the expansive sand dune jumps out to greet you. Walking conditions here would be considered easy to moderate.

There is a summer camp site containing a lovely barbecue area and toilet block close to the main road. While trying to find our way along the numerous tracks and clearings, we stumbled upon the historical grave sites of the families who were caretakers of the original Yanakie homestead and the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse.

Close to the Staff Accommodation buildings are remnants of the original Yanakie Research Station building. You'll also see what remains of old cattle yards and a plaque that has been placed on a rock in memory of the South Gippsland Dairy Farmers, who agisted cattle on the Yanakie run between 1850 and 1992.

Little Drift - For information on Little Drift, ask the staff at the gateway office at the entrance of the National Park for specific directions.

Pictures - Included on this page are photographs of native Australian plants, coastal flora, camping grounds, plaques and the sand dunes. All images have been shot in the unique, unspoilt coastal environment at Wilsons Promontory National Park  in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

Downloading Photographs - These images and many more are available for use under a special license. To find out how easy it is to download and use them legally, just go to the contact page.

More Information - If you would like to find out more about Wilsons Promontory National Park, see photographs and a listing of other walking tracks, go to the Wilsons Promontory Walking Tracks page. Every one of these walking tracks are well-signed and very well maintained by Parks Victoria.

Collage of photographs taken of a summertime camp site, national park sign and the historic Yanakie Research Station at Wilsons Promontory National Park

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