Safety in nature
You can benefit both mind and body when you get outdoors to explore and experience Victoria's natural places.
To ensure that you and your companions stay safe, always remember that the natural environment can be unpredictable. A bit of planning and foresight can make all the difference. Always follow directions from park rangers or park signs. If a park or site is closed, entering the area could endanger you and your companions. Keep to marked tracks and designated visitor areas, be aware of your own limitations and supervise children. Always remember that wildlife is just that – wild. If you encounter wildlife, don't approach the animal, keep your distance and ensure children also stay back.
Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
Follow our safety tips and check our changed conditions and closures information for a great visit.
Plan ahead, check conditions and stay away from closed parks
A number of parks and sites are closed due to extreme weather events including fire, storm and flood damage.
Check the change of conditions listing page which summarises the list of park closures. And check the individual park page for where you want to visit before leaving home.
For closures in state forests, visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/forest-and-road-closures
Be bushfire aware
The warmer months are the perfect time to experience regional Victoria.
However, Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.
Be bushfire aware to ensure that your experience is safe and enjoyable.