Mt Bishop Summit Hike in Wilsons Prom National Park

Mt Bishop Summit Hike in Wilsons Prom National Park (2023)

Mt Bishop Summit walk is one of the very few walks or hikes I have done in Victoria state of Australia. Even though it is a steep walk to the summit, hiking Mt Bishop is totally worth it as the views are spectacular and breathtaking from the summit.

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About Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Prom National Park is known for its beautiful granite mountains and amazing wildlife. The national park is on a peninsula, 3 hours south of Melbourne. As it is around 3 hours from Melbourne, you can either do this as a one day or a weekend trip.

  • There is an entry fee of AUD 9 per vehicle to get into the national park.
  • There are brochures and maps at the Parks Victoria Information Office.
  • The best time to visit Wilsons Prom National Park is in spring and summer (between the months of October and December) seasons.
  • You can camp and stay at the Wilsons Prom national park.
  • There is a visitor centre at Tidal River Visitor Centre between 9 AM and 4 PM everyday.
Mt Bishop Summit Trail

About Mt Bishop

Mt Bishop is one of the mountains in Wilsons Prom National Park. With a height of 320 metres about sea level, the mountain provides panoramic views of the national park and the coastline.

View of the ocean from Mt Bishop
View of the ocean from Mt Bishop

How to get the starting point – Lilly Pilly Gully Car Park?

  • By Public transport: Unfortunately, there is no public transport to get to the stating point of the hike.
  • By Road: The only way to get to the starting point of the hike Lilly Pilly Gully Car park is by driving. The distance between Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) and Lilly Pilly Gully car park is around 220 kilometres and by road, the journey takes about 3 hours.
  • The route has toll roads.
  • There are plenty of parking spaces at the car park.

In Australia, you can hire a car easily in the city and at airports. All you require is a valid driver’s licence (in English language) and a credit card to secure your deposit. I think that is the best way to travel as you don’t have to rely on public transport or taxis.

Tour agency from Melbourne

I had taken a day tour with a tour agency to go to the Mt Bishop in Wilsons Prom. The tour was booked on GetYourGuide website and the pickup was from the Federation Square. The tour included the transportation from Melbourne, guided walk to the summit and the entry fee into the park.

Mt Bishop Summit Hike

The hike is challenging but is one of the best hikes in Wilsons Prom. And the views are stunning from the summit. As I mentioned before, the steep and narrow track to Mt Bishop summit in Wilsons Promontory National Park is definitely worth hiking.

View from Mt Bishop
A beautiful path along the Mt Bishop summit track

If you are into hiking, then you can also hike to other places in Victoria such as Hanging Rock in Macedon Ranges, Upper Yarra Goldfields Circuit Walk, Hike between wild flowers, and 1000 Steps.

Logistics of the Mt Bishop Summit hike

  • Starting point: Lilly Pilly Gully Car park.
  • Ending point: Lilly Pilly Gully Car park.
  • Type of walk: Return.
  • Distance: 3.7 kilometres one way.
  • Time required: 1.5 – 2 hours one way.
  • Grade: Moderate to Hard.
  • Look out for abundant wildlife. This is also the best place to see the kangaroos in the wild.

Safety for solo female travelers

The Wilsons Prom National Park and the Mt Bishop Summit track are safe for solo female travelers. The path is well marked and maintained. However, as a general rule while hiking it is always best to go with a hiking buddy just for any unforeseen situations. Also, beware of the wildlife while hiking on the track.

On the summit of Mt Bishop

Closing Notes

I loved hiking to the summit of Mt Bishop. The trail and the views were very pretty and I enjoyed hiking the trail. I you are looking for beautiful outdoors away from Melbourne city, then Wilsons Prom National park is surely the place to be.

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