Safe in nature this summer
Thursday 8 December, 2022
Visiting nature this summer will be different.
Connecting with nature is vital for the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, including those communities recovering from the impacts of storms and floods.
With more weather events expected over the summer period, the emergency is ongoing, constantly changing and challenging.
Parks Victoria’s priority is to keep you safe while visiting parks. The severe weather has created hazards and risks that many Victorians aren’t familiar with.
All visitors are encouraged to plan their visit before leaving home and be prepared when heading out into nature this summer.
1. Plan, before you leave home:
- Check the forecast at the Bureau of Meteorology
- Visit the Parks Victoria website and check Flood and Storm Affected Parks for updates on the place you’d like to explore
- Check for forest and road closures
- Check your local SES flood guide
- Follow safety advice from VicEmergency
2. Prepare for your visit:
- Heavy rain and flooding increase the risk of mosquito borne diseases, such as Japanese Encephalitis Virus and Ross River Fever. Wear suitable clothing and apply insect repellant regularly.
- When selecting a campground, look for locations away from rivers and creeks, as they can rise quickly in wet conditions.
- For recreational water activities, visit the EPA Beach Report to check the water quality is safe.
- For more, visit our Visitor Safety Tips in Parks page.
3. Get into nature, but remember:
- Wet grounds are causing healthy trees to uproot and fall unpredictably, especially in windy conditions.
- Avoid camping, parking and picnicking under trees.
- Roads have suffered damage, including pot holes, landslips, sinkholes and slippery surfaces. Even roads that are open may be dangerous- drive to conditions and be aware access may change at short notice.
- With heavy rainfall, flash flooding can happen with little or no notice. Never swim or drive in flood water.
- Be aware that roads and tracks currently accessible may become cut off if trees fall.
- Drive carefully and be aware that road surfaces and shoulders will be soft and can give way.
- Water crossings in many areas are high and fast flowing and may not be passable.
- Wildlife will move to higher ground to avoid floodwater. Remain vigilant of snakes while in nature.
4. In an emergency:
- For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
- Call Victoria State Emergency Service on 132 500 from anywhere in Victoria for flood and storm emergency assistance.
Contact Parks Victoria:
Phone: 13 1963
We love these parks as much as you do. Please be patient and kind when talking with Parks Victoria staff.
We look forward to safely reopening Victoria’s precious places for us all to enjoy.