This is not the place to go to avoid the crowds… Norman Beach is located at Tidal River, so it gets very busy on summer weekends and during holiday periods. The beach is 1.6km in length, so head to the southern end (away from the Tidal River township) for a quieter experience. Despite the peak period crowds, it’s a picturesque beach, offerring nice views of the offshore islands and Mount Oberon and a range of activities.
The beach has prominent granite headlands at both ends – Norman Point and Pillar Point – which provide some protection from westerly waves, which average about 1.4m in height. Surfing is best at high tide in the inner surf zone, and is only permitted south of 5th ramp. Fishing is allowed, but not at the southern end which is in the Wilsons Promontory Marine Reserve. Toilet and water facilities are available at the Tidal River Campground.
Getting to Norman Beach
You can walk to the northern end of the beach from the Tidal River campground, or park at the Norman Beach carpark. The Oberon Bay Walking Track (which is part of the multi-day Wilsons Prom Southern Circuit) passes the southern end of the beach. Tidal River is about three hours drive from Melbourne.
- Parks Victoria – Norman Beach
- Beachsafe – Norman Beach