Explore nature this winter

Winter transforms Victoria’s parks offering unique natural beauty. Head to snow-covered mountain peaks filled with crisp, clear skies for cross country skiing, tobogganing and snow shoeing. Or simply take a road trip over a long weekend spending a few nights with loved ones in regional Victoria.

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Where to stay

A mother sits at a table with her younger daughter and watches her older daughter doing a cartwheel on the lawn of the residence at Buchan Caves Park.

Buchan Caves House

Caves House is a fully self contained house which can sleep up to eight people. There are three bedrooms with a queen bed in each room and an ante room with two single beds. Enjoy a covered front deck with river views and an outdoor BBQ and fire.
The friends enjoy a drink on the deck of  Just Inside the Gate at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Just Inside The Gate

This self-catering eco-lodge accommodation is past Yanakie and on the border of the national park. Book just the East Wing for up to four people, or the the East and West Wings - the whole house - for up to eight people.
A woman carries a bag and walks away from the entrance to a cabin at Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tidal River Cabins

Located in an idyllic riverside bush setting, these cabins can sleep up to six people. A spacious living area with gas heating, lounge seating and dining area overlooks a timber deck area for outdoor relaxation.
The entrance with two steps up to the door at a unit in Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tidal River Units

Equipped with a spacious living area, sun deck and shared barbecues the Tidal River Units offer a comfortable base to explore the Prom.
The exterior of a 6-bed hut in Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tidal River Huts

Providing easy access to the tranquil waters of Tidal River and Norman Beach, the Tidal River Huts are perfectly located to access all that Tidal River has to offer.
Glamping tent with white shelter with green plants in foreground.

Wilderness retreats

Immerse yourself in nature while staying in high comfort, low impact, safari style tents.
The front and entrance to Sheoak, the accessible cabin, at Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tidal River accessible cabin accommodation

There are two cabins in Tidal River with accessible facilities. Both are self-contained and consist of two bedrooms (including a single electric high-low bed), accessible bathroom, kitchen/living room and outside deck.
The entrance, including low angle ramp, to the accessible unit in Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tidal River accessible unit accommodation

The accessible unit at Tidal River is a self-contained, one-bedroom unit, including a personal hoist and specialised bathroom equipment, such as a shower commode chair.

Safety in nature

Explore Victoria's parks safely with our comprehensive visitor safety tips. Plan your adventure by notifying others of your plans and packing essential supplies. Stay informed about weather conditions and navigate responsibly.

Video still of a Parks Victoria staff member in uniform demonstrating how to fit snow chains on a car with snow in the background.

How to fit snow chains

Snow chains must be carried on all days as indicated by the signage at the entrance. This applies to all classes of vehicles, including four-wheel drives. They must be fitted when and at the location indicated by road signage.
Two people cross country skiing at Cresta Valley in Mount Buffalo National Park.

Alpine back country winter safety

Safe backcountry travel in Victorian Alpine areas during winter requires training and experience. You control your risk by choosing how, when and where you travel, and the activities you participate in.
Mount Donna Buang summit signage

Mount Donna Buang snow play - what to know before you go

Here’s what you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable experience in the snow at Mount Donna Buang this winter.

Group of people walking on path at Wilsons Promontory National Park

The (Secret) Best Time to Visit Wilsons Promontory National Park

Victoria's Wilsons Promontory National Park is world-renowned for its granite mountains, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife. But what if we told you there's a secret season to experience the park at its best?

The facade of the historic Werribee Park Mansion.

Stay warm this winter

This winter let nature be your backdrop while you stay warm and dry. Uncover Victoria’s history when you visit a historic site or spend the night in nature in roofed accommodation. Take a long and scenic drive through nature.

The lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula National Park

Winter adventures by the sea

There’s something spectacular about being close to the sea in winter. The fresh, salty air, the open, desolate shorelines, the marvelling views – these, and more are on offer if we step outside our cosy dwellings and visit Victoria’s rugged coast.

A mother sits at a table with her younger daughter and watches her older daughter doing a cartwheel on the lawn of the residence at Buchan Caves Park.

Where to stay indoors and keep warm this winter

As the temperature drops, it’s easy to see why many people put away the camping gear and choose accommodation that keeps you warm and dry in winter. But that doesn’t mean you have to cross-off national parks and miss out on some truly unique places to stay.

Two woman doing yoga in Albert Park

The health benefits of nature in winter

Even winter – some people’s least favourite season – has its role in nature’s grand plan, and displays a magic like no other, if we’re brave enough to step outside and experience it during these colder months.

A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Enjoying a winter hike near Melbourne

Some of Victoria’s most beautiful walks are just a short drive from Melbourne. Despite their proximity to the city, these parks are still wilderness areas and it’s important to be prepared. That’s not just about being ready for bad weather.

A man is standing looking out towards nature with a child on his back. He is surrounded by blooming wattle and flowers

Where to walk this Autumn/Winter

Autumn's crisp days and cooler temperatures make it great bushwalking weather. Here’s a selection of some of our top walks this season.

Yellow Footed Antechinus

The paws, prints and claws you might spot along the autumn/winter trail

Autumn and winter mark a time when many of our native mammals, insects, amphibians and birdlife are at their most active. Which will you spot on your next hike or bushwalk?

Conservation and science

Mountain pygmy possum eating on a boulder.

Pygmy-possums rocky mountain home free of unwelcome willows for the winter

Mountain Pygmy-possums live in the small spaces between the basalt and granite boulders and during the winter months, when the boulderfields are blanketed with snow, the possums hibernate safely in these spaces.
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