Welcome back to nature

Monday 8 November, 2021

We’ve all missed travelling to our favourite parks and reserves over the last few months and Parks Victoria cannot wait to welcome you back to nature.

Whether you’re heading for a short walk in one of our urban parks, a multi-day hike or a weekend camping, there are some amazing experiences on offer across Victoria.

Peak Season Bookings

Peak season bookings for Mt Buffalo are now open with other popular sites in the Gippsland Lakes, Great Otway and Croajingolong National Parks as well as others opening over the next few days.

We try to make our booking system as fair as possible, but there are limited places and time is of the essence if you want to secure a place. Information on how to book for the peak season is available here: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/where-to-stay/ballots-and-peak-season-bookings

Through the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program and other investments, new campsites and accommodation options are on the way for parks and reserves across the state, including new roofed accommodation at Cape Conran, replacing old cabins destroyed in the Black Summer bushfires.


Looking out of a tent first thing in the morning.

There are a range of great camping experiences available through Parks Victoria.

Be ready 

Everyone is welcome back into nature – but you also need to be ready for it.

Parks Victoria has a range of advice available to make sure you have the best possible time in the outdoors – wherever you’re headed. A bit of planning and foresight can make all the difference.

Check out our Safety Tips in Parks page here - https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/visitor-safety-tips-in-parks

As the weather gets warmer lots of people want to head to the water, whether that’s the sea, a lake or a river. And it's important to be aware of the risks of swimming in nature. 
Tragically, people drown each year in lakes, beaches, rivers, waterfalls and bays across Victoria. Check out our advice for a safe time by the water here - https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/visitor-safety-tips-in-parks/water-safety or visit Life Saving Victoria’s Play it Safe by the Water website.

And finally, please make sure you stay COVID-safe and comply with health directions in place. Information on how these affect visits to Parks Victoria sites is available here: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/covid-19-update


COVID Safe camping in the Great Otway National Park

Remember to follow any COVID-safe rules that may be in place when you are out in nature.


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