Squeaky Beach
Squeaky Beach
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Leannie
Hanoi, Vietnam2,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
What a stunning pristine beach to walk along. Lush blue turquoise sea and white sand and all so clean. Didn't swim but enjoyed strolling down the beach and having a lie down at the end to enjoy the lush weather that day
Written 27 December 2023
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catkid3
Victoria, Australia156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The sand does indeed squeak! It's also a lovely and spacious beach that I wish I'd had more time to spend on. Plenty of shade available under the trees as well. Car park is spacious and drop toilets without soap or water are available. Will definitely come here with my beach chair on my next visit.
Written 3 October 2023
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Peter S
Rome, Italy4,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Review of Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Prom, Victoria

Trawl through the many TripAdvisor reviews of Squeaky Beach – one of a handful of similar magic beaches in the coastline north of Tidal River and linked by an easy-to-negotiate footpath – and there’s these overwhelming images of sand, sea and sky that dominate; in the near distance there’s a fringe of islands on the horizon. The beaches are pristine, the water turquoise in the bright sunshine and, behind the beach, there’s tree-covered slopes/hills covered in that characteristic Australian grey-green colour. Breath the marine air deep into your lungs and tell yourself that you’re in one of those unbelievable advertisements in a popular travel magazine … except you’re not … this is real-life-Wilsons-Prom-style.
The review is in two parts. The first covers issues of water safety.
The park is free-of-charge. The girl/man at the road kiosk checks you for dogs and then offers you ‘Welcome’ & ‘Visitor Guide’ handouts that contain a map, general information and a few lines on the many different walks, beaches and other things to do. Take note of the ‘Be Prepared & Stay Safe’ information all of which makes sense whether you’re a day-visitor, stopping over for the day or longer at Tidal River (the only commercial centre in the park) and/or a bushwalker. Crucially, there’s passing reference in the handouts to water safety.
If you’re a TripAdvisor-kind-of-visitor, you will already have explored what the many hundreds of people who have been here before thought of the place – sharing their experience, enjoyment and more - typically positive. If you haven’t done so, check out the TA review dated 26Dec20 with fleeting reference to the dangerous nature of the largely benign-looking sea that lazily laps Squeaky Beach and the neighbouring beaches. The sea hereabouts is always neutral, but it brings risk from the unpredictable nature of the currents, steep floors and rocky shorelines. There is risk in the water for first timers, the inexperienced and, in particular, non-swimmers from being caught unawares by rips, undertows and/or ocean swells.
Read that bit again.
Experienced or not, do not go beyond waist depth and never take the little ones with you no matter how attractive the surfing waves. The sea is also cold such that the majority of people in the water wear wet suits, which will provide for an hour or more of submersion should the worse happens. Full length cover wetsuits are best.
Remember, the only beach/life/saving/service available locally is at Tidal River - at Norman Beach where there was surveillance for both swimmers and surfers. Enter the water between the yellow/red flags. If you’ve little ones in your family, play with them in the creeks and rivers that can be found at either end of the beaches. Tidal River, in particular, has some great swimming/jumping holes for school-age kids.
Secondly, there is the pleasure of Squeaky Beach.
The name says it all … it squeaks when you walk across the sand. Except if doesn’t always (easily) squeak, but you can quickly pick up the knack of squeaky walking. We found no-squeaking close to the sea (where, presumably, there’s simply too much water in the sand) and neither did the sand squeak higher up the beach where the beach meets the path from the carpark. Too dry? You can encourage squeaky walking by ‘sledging’ with your feet (like walking up a slope in snow – pushing your feet firmly into the snow to help maintain grip). But then, once you’ve found out how to walk squeakily, the novelty wears off. Take it from me.
We’d arrived that morning for 09.00 h with the car park close to empty - <20 cars? There’s a smart little environmentally friendly toilet (meaning ‘long-drop’ in old language) with two cubicles at the corner of the car park. From here it’s a 10 minutes/300 m bush-covered/shaded walk to the beach. Easy walking. Read the safety sign about fishing – if this is what you plan.
We enjoyed a couple of hours fossicking along the beach, walking in the long shallow tidal waters >30 m wide between the beach and the final/first wave that breaks around knee height. At either end of the beach there’s a collection of large, stacked boulders some of which are mottled orange in colour. Novel … as if left by a bunch of giant kids playing in the sand. Water drains from behind the beach and around the rocks and into the sea; these are places to appreciate for exploring, finding shade and in which kids can play safely.
Mid-morning and there were few people on the beach – there was a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ feel about the place (apart from the cold sea – the fictional character was shipwrecked in the Caribbean according to the story). I can’t remember if Daniel Defoe included biting flies in his story, but you’ll find them in plenty on Squeaky Beach. These are March flies and there’s >400 species in the country that feed on pollen/nectar, on farm animals/wildlife, and on you too if you let them.
The Marchies are black and twice the size of a house fly with large green eyes and well-spaced feet, and they seem to fly around in occasional small groups; not annoying, so that you’re constantly brushing them away as a nuisance but making a direct beeline for that exposed leg, arm or back. Suddenly they’re there – three/four spaced down your leg. They look like miniature LEMs fixed rigidly to your skin (Apollo 11 13July69, remember?). Here’s where that thong/jandal/flip-flop comes in handy - be quick and you can catch them relatively easily. Fail to see them and they’ll bite (but only the female) sufficient to make you jump. They’re after your blood; hit them when their feeding and you’ll have a 50c coin size red splodge on your leg. The good news is that they’re easy to kill. Fail to kill them before they bite, and they’ll leave their anticoagulant in you that itches for a week. Try to encourage the kids not to scratch and open the wound to infection. Oh, and they’ll bite through thin clothing too.
All the more reason to roll around in that creek wearing a wet suit.
Returning to the car park for 11.00 h and it was completely full of cars (>50?) with others parked along the road outside and still others waiting for you to vacate your space. Where did all those people come from and where did they go? Not to the beach. Squeaky Beach and surroundings are popular during the school holidays – and rightly so - this is one spectacular image of sky, sea and hill country.

Peter Steele
31Jan22
Written 3 February 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,853 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This was a very pretty and spectacular beach with unusual sand that does squeak as you walk , hence its name. Another stunning example of the Wilsons Prom coastline.
Written 9 April 2021
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia17,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
My wife and I walked here from the Tidal River Visitor Centre, where we parked our car. It is a total of a few kilometers walking distance (return). The hiking trail is very scenic.

The wide sandy beach is nice.
Written 2 April 2021
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MargaretPowell
Melbourne, Australia1,586 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Easy parking off peak. Toilet in the carpark and a very short walk of a couple of hundred metres to Squeaky Beach. Yes the sand does squeak. While unique here in Victoria, many fine white sand beaches in Queensland also squeak. This walk was done easily with my 86 year old friend and was a highlight of our day trip down into the park. Many attractions here are not possible to visit with mobility impaired or less mobile and it was great we got parking so she could see this wonderful beach. There were some surfers. Don't swim here unless you are a wild surf beach expert. We did notice some trash...outrageous in such a prisitine place. Please do not litter and if you see any please pick it up like we did.
Written 20 March 2021
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Heather
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Squeaky Beach is one of my favourites in Wilsons prom....love how nice the beach looks and how white the sand is, not to mention when you walk on it a certain way it makes sound. It a peaceful place to just sit and think or watch the waves roll in and a great spot to have a dip.
Written 3 March 2021
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freeyah
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
My Friends and I went on a trip to The Prom on Boxing day. However, the beach was closed that time (which seldom happens) because of an incident the day prior. But, we tried again the next day, it was open then with a new signage about not going to the parts where there are sudden surges of waves because one person has gone missing. Still, tourists are aplenty. Definitely true to its name because the sand truly squeaks. There were interesting orange coloured boulder of rocks which provided for great photo ops. The beach is also good for swimming. There are a number of beaches in the Prom but I say this is my favourite because of the view, the sand and the feels.
Written 13 January 2021
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Holiday Maker
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Two people drowned here yesterday on Christmas Day. It’s a national park, and there are no surf life savers. If you can’t swim, DO NOT GO SWIMMING HERE ;-(
Written 26 December 2020
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Riley
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Beautiful beach that is definitely worth a visit! The sand is so white and does squeak when you walk on it.
Written 16 November 2020
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