Wilsons Promontory National Park is the Southern-most tip of the Australian Mainland, a large ‘isthmus’ of land that bulges into Bass Strait. It has long been a place of natural beauty, lived and foraged by first Australians for thousands of years, plundered by settlers in the 19th century before National Park status was given in 1908. George Bass and Matthew Flinders, early British explorers of the area named the impressive landscape after Londoner merchant Thomas Wilson, likely unknowing of the indigenous name of Wammom and Yirruk given to the area by the Gunai/Kurnai and Boonerwrung Clans (respectively). Coves and beaches are protected by large and impressive headlands, making ‘The Prom’ a world-class venue for sea kayaking. Islands that make up the ‘Glennie Group’, sitting 10-20km offshore, tantalise the sea kayaker of the many island groups beyond sight linking all the way to Tasmania.
Tidal River is a small National Park Village (and small river that we will paddle) within Wilsons Promontory. ISKES will run from several Lodge facilities in the heart of the village, several hundred meters from ‘put-in’ sites of Tidal River and Norman Beach.
Accommodation is provided in shared group lodges, ranging from 12 bed lodges to the main conference lodge of 32 beds. People are welcome to tent/camp if they like on request.
A small shop and cafe is at Tidal River that supplies basic shopping and food items. All ISKES food will be as locally sourced as possible, cooked and prepared by local cooks and chefs (with the help of delegates!). Sustainable practice through food culture, plastic and waste will be a strong secondary theme of the symposium.
Famous for ‘bushwalking’, an array of walks start and finish from Tidal River. There is also Rock-climbing, surfing, diving and increasingly bouldering is popular at Wilsons Prom.
Wireless internet is intermittent at the Park, so best not to rely on being online, although phone service from Tidal River is very good (allowing for tethering of mobile devices with Telstra- Australia’s principle telecom provider).
Getting to Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory
International and interstate delegates would be expected to fly into Melbourne International Airport in the lead up to the Symposium. Transport to and from Wilsons Promontory will be provided from Melbourne (and several other set pick-up points) at set times on day one (Sunday the 11th) and day five (Thursday the 15th) of November. Separate information regarding transport will be provided for pre-conference paddles.