Travel to regional Victoria in summer
Whilst this summer's bushfires have had a devastating impact on parks and communities, it's important to know there are still hundreds of parks, towns and regions across Victoria that have not been directly impacted by bushfire. These areas are open for business and need your support now more than ever. From fun day trips to overnight stays and camping, enjoy the best of what nature has to offer in your own backyard.
Looking for ideas on where to go? Start with our recommendations on the most popular parks (scroll down), or if you're after something specific, you can also search for a park. Always check the Vic Emergency website for safety updates when planning your trip and before you leave home.
Always be safe
Weather conditions can change quickly at any time during the year. With the heightened risk of bushfires in summer, it's even more important to plan ahead and be prepared.
For the latest information on bushfires and other safety updates, we strongly recommend using the Vic Emergency website . Download the free Vic Emergency app to receive the latest updates to your phone. If you're travelling to an area you can set-up a 'watch zone' and you'll receive 'alerts' in real-time to your phone.
The air quality across Victoria is being impacted by the bushfires. The air quality can change daily and throughout the day, and depending on the severity it can impact your health. The EPA AirWatch website provides the latest air quality updates. Enter your postcode to check the air quality near you.
During summer, more people go swimming at our beaches and in our lakes, rivers and waterways. When the weather's hot it can be a great way to cool down, relax and have fun. However, water can be very dangerous and sadly, 40 people drowned last year in areas managed by Parks Victoria. Please follow these water safety tips and for more details visit Play it Safe by the Water.
Stay safe in parks
We want you to enjoy getting out into nature and that you return home safely. Here are some simple tips you can follow to stay safe in parks. And remember, your safety is our concern and your responsibility.
Find a Licensed Tour Operator
Want to see how the experts do it? Experience a park or a specific activity with a licensed tour operator. From sightseeing, bushwalking and mountain biking to canoeing, rock climbing, horse riding and more!
There are over 500 licensed tour operators across the state associated with Parks Victoria so you'll be sure to find one that matches what you want to do. Take away the hassle of buying and transporting equipment and go out with an expert with local knowledge. Whether you're trying something new or an expert wanting to improve your technical skills, everyone can benefit from the knowledge and experience of a licensed tour operator.