Most parks reopen for day visitors

Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Most Parks Victoria managed reserves, parks, beaches and historic places have reopened today for day visitors, while some sites remain closed to comply with physical distancing measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

While some restrictions have changed the message has not: if you can stay at home – you must stay at home.

Groups must be limited to no more than 10, and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained. 

Sites to remain closed to meet physical distancing standards: 

  • St Kilda Pier - penguin viewing area closed 
  • 12 Apostles
  • Werribee Park – mansion tours are closed 
  • Buchan Caves Reserve – visitor centre, cave tours and camping area closed
  • Wonthaggi State Coal Mine – café and underground tours are closed
  • Princess Margaret Rose Caves 
  • Point Nepean Tunnels 
  • Serendip Sanctuary  
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary. 

Some sites, such as 1.000 Steps/ Kokoda Memorial Walk, are reopening with significant modifications to manage physical distancing risks. Visitors can walk in a singular direction up the steps from Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground but will descend via the Lyrebird Track to the Ferntree Gully car park.

Parks Victoria managed picnic shelters and tables will be open for use. BBQ facilities, water fountains, playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed.  

Parks Victoria Rangers will be patrolling open and closed parks, working with Victoria Police and authorised officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to monitor compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.  

Camping and overnight activities are not permitted, and all campgrounds remain closed. Bushfire affected sites remain closed and seasonal road closures still apply.  

For more information on park closures and affected visitor sites visit before you leave home. 

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