Flood and storm affected parks
Victoria continues to experience the impacts of widespread floods and storms, affecting many communities across the state.
Our teams are working hard to assess hazards and undertake works so that parks are safe to reopen. Closures are necessary while we reduce risks and repair damage.
As of July 2023, Parks Victoria has now reopened or partially reopened more than 97% of flood and storm affected parks.
Some parks have been severely impacted and may stay closed for weeks, months or years while we work to make them safe again. Thank you for your patience while we continue this critical work.
In the meantime, some of your favourite destinations may be closed, partially closed, or have changed operating conditions.
Before you leave home, check the specific park page Change of Conditions (at bottom of page). Thank you for keeping out of closed areas.
Parks and reserves impacted by flood and storm damage
For closures in State Forests and other public land not managed by Parks Victoria, check the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action website.
Dandenong Valley Parklands - partial closures
Lower Maribyrnong Riverlands - partial closures
Maribyrnong River - partial closures
Maribyrnong Valley Parklands - partial closures
Plenty Gorge Parklands - partial closures
Point Nepean National Park - partial closures
Yarra Valley Parklands - partial closures
Large numbers of mosquitoes in Northern Victoria have increased the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly around rivers and other water bodies. For information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites before you head outdoors, visit the Don't Wing It!- Better Health website or see our visitor safety tips.
Barmah National Park - partial closures
Beechworth Historic Park - partial closures
Vaughan Springs at Castlemaine Diggings Heritage Park is closed
Gadsen Bend Park - partial closures
Gunbower National Park - partial closures
Hattah Kulkyne National Park - partial closures
Kooyoora State Park - partial closures
Lower Ovens Wildlife Reserve - partial closures
Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve - partial closures
Murray - Kulkyne Park - partial closures
Murray Sunset National Park - partial closures
Murray River Park - partial closures
River Murray Reserve - partial closures
Merbein Common Sandbar (River Murray Reserve) - partial closures
Turpins Falls Scenic Reserve is closed
Vaughan Mineral Springs Reserve is closed
Creswick Regional Park - partial closures
Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - partial closures
Great Otway National Park - partial closures
Hepburn Regional Park - partial closures
Langi Ghiran State Park - partial closures
Mount Buangor State Park - partial closures
Alpine National Park - partial closures
Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park - partial closures
Cape Conran Coastal Park - partial closures
Croajingolong National Park - partial closures
Dowd Morass Wildlife Reserve - partial closures
Holey Plains State Park - partial closures
Lake Tyers State Park - partial closures
Lind National Park - partial closures
MacLeod Morass Wildlife Reserve - partial closures
Mitchell River National Park - partial closures
Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve - partial closures
Snowy River National Park - partial closures
St George Plain Flora Reserve - is closed
For a list of State Forest closures, visit the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action website.
Local Flood Guides can help you better understand your flood risk, how flood warnings work and how to prepare yourself, your home or your business. To find yours, visit the SES website.
Visit individual park webpages on the Parks Victoria website for the latest information about park closures and changed conditions.
For the latest information on emergency information and warnings, visit VicEmergency.
For the latest information on road closures, visit VicTraffic.
For the latest weather conditions, visit the Bureau of Meteorology.
For park closures in neighbouring states, visit South Australia Department of Environment and Natural Resources and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
After floods and storms
Following a flood or storm event, reasons for longer-term closures may include:
- Residual floodwater. Areas that were completed saturated can remain soggy and slippery for a long time. While these areas to dry out, visitors should follow signage and stick to marked tracks and trails.
- Asset damage. Bridges, tracks and roads can be severely impacted by floodwaters and storms, causing pot-holes, landslips, sinkholes and slippery surfaces. In some cases, contractors with specialised equipment are the only ones who can reduce these risks and restore tracks and roads. Parks Victoria has engaged engineers to assess impacted bridges and other structures.
- Tree fall risk. Wet ground increases the risk of healthy trees uprooting and falling unpredictably. In some cases, specialist contractors with specialised equipment are needed to safely cut down dangerous trees. Every effort is made to assess and address hazardous trees in visitor areas, but trees and branches can fall at anytime, even in areas that haven’t experienced floods.
Remember – never drive, swim, walk or ride in flood water.