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Safety in nature
You can benefit both mind and body when you get outdoors to explore and experience Victoria's natural places. Before you go, take a look at our safety tips and check our changed conditions and closures information for a great visit.
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however, in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state. Parks Victoria provides a range of a equipment, including all-terrain and beach wheelchairs, facilities, accommodation and accessibility information and programs to help you plan and enjoy your visit to Victoria's parks.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Murray River closures
The Murray stretches across the state and there are many different parks, reserves and other areas along it. These areas have also been heavily impacted by the 2022 floods and some places are still closed.
We have split the Murray into four reaches to explain these closures, starting from the far east to the South Australian border.
Headwaters to above the Hume Dam (see map)
All reserves in the Upper Murray along the Murray are open.
Barnawartha to Echuca East
East of Barmah National Park (see map), the following areas are closed:
- Forest Beach camping area (near Strathmerton)
- Breens Beach camping area (near Strathmerton)
- Long Beach camping area (near Strathmerton)
- Cobrawonga Creek camping area (near Yarrawonga) - see Northern Flood Recovery Update newsletter - Cobrawonga Creek Bridge (PDF)
- Lumbys Bend (near Yarrawonga)
- Richardsons bend (near Wangaratta)
- Moodemere bend (near Wangaratta)
See closures on the Barmah National Park page.
Barmah Island (west of Barmah National Park) to Echuca (see map), the following areas are closed:
- Barmah Island South Camping Area (near Barmah)
- Barmah Island Central Camping Area (near Barmah)
- Barmah Island North Camping Area (near Barmah)
- Barmah Willows (near Barmah)
Echuca to Swan Hill (see map)
The following areas are closed:
- All camping areas between Torrumbarry Weir Road and Young Road are closed (Farley Bend is open) - see maps for Southern 80
- Will’s Bend east of O'Dwyer's Road between Will's Sandbar and the O'Dwyer's Road Entrance is closed - see maps for Southern 80
- Gunbower National Park and Murray River Reserve on Gunbower Island are closed
- Benwell and Guttrum State Forest camping areas are closed
- Nyah Central Camping Area is closed
- Loddon Floodway Eastern Bend camping area is closed
Along the river you may see smaller areas fenced off or blocked by bollards. These areas have been closed due to safety and protection reasons, do not enter, remove fixtures or drive around the bollards.
Swan Hill to South Australia border (see map)
Flood waters took longer to get to and recede from this part of the river, therefore the team have had less time to get into areas, assess and re-open them.
See more information about which river bends are open and closed (PDF).
See closures on the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park page.
Increased risk of mosquito-borne diseasesLarge numbers of mosquitoes in Northern Victoria have increased the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly around rivers and other water bodies.For information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites before you head outdoors, visit the Don't Wing It!- Better Health Website or see our visitor safety tips.
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