Victorians to enjoy camping once again

Thursday 28 May, 2020

From 1 June 2020, Parks Victoria will welcome visitors back to stay at all 1,348 camping and accommodation sites in Victoria’s parks, in line with the latest requirements to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Communal toilets will be open, but no other communal facilities such as showers, kitchens, barbecues, and water fountains will be available. Accommodation with no shared facilities such as remote camping will be allowed.

Visitors will need to adhere to physical distancing measures and supply all items needed for personal hygiene.  
All parks and assets will be open to visitors from 1 June 2020, with the following exemptions to meet physical distancing standards:  

• Buchan Caves Reserve – cave tours closed  
• Lower Glenelg National Park - Princess Margaret Rose Cave closed 
• State Coal Mine - underground tours closed 
• Point Nepean National Park - Fort Nepean, including underground tunnels closed (no access beyond Fort Pearce) 
• St Kilda Pier - penguin viewing platform is closed   
• Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre and lookouts are closed  
• Wilsons Promontory light station is closed 

These sites within parks will remain closed until further notice as they contain viewing experiences which encourage congregation, congestion, and the gathering of visitors at focal points, which don't comply with physical distancing measures.

Please note that across all Parks Victoria managed parks and assets, barbecues, drinking fountains, showers, and communal kitchens are not available for public use.

Some parks remain closed due to seasonal closures and for bushfire recovery. For a full list of park closures, visit: www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/changed-conditions-and-closures.

Bookings for camping and roofed accommodation can be made from midday Thursday 28 May 2020 by visiting www.parks.vic.gov.au or calling 13 1963. 

The summer ballot for camping at Tidal River in Wilsons Prom will open 1 July 2020.  

All eased restrictions and the proposed dates are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued and effective management of the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on park closures and affected visitor sites visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19 before you leave home.
 

Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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