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

Due to recent weather events, a number of parks and sites are closed due to storm and flood damage. Check the park closures page and individual park pages before heading out.

For closures in state forests please visit:

Man in Parks Victoria uniform fitting snow chains to a car tyre with a green video play button overlay.

How to fit snow chains

You may need to carry and use snow chains when visiting parks with snow areas during winter. Check out these instructions on how to hire and fit a common type of snow chain to your car tyres.
Campfire at Lake Elizabeth Great Otway National Park

Campfire safety

Sitting around a glowing campfire is one of the joys of camping, but with around ten per cent of bushfires caused by escaped campfires, it’s essential to follow the rules and do the right thing. Not all parks or campgrounds allow campfires. Make sure you check the park signs in the campground before you light a campfire.

Water safety

When the weather gets hot, our beaches, lakes and rivers across the state become popular places to swim, paddle and have fun in the water. However, it's important to be aware of the risks of swimming in nature.
Forest Fire Management team

Be bushfire aware

The warmer months are the perfect time to experience regional Victoria and following these bushfire safety tips will ensure that your experience is safe and enjoyable.
Affects of storms in 2021

Storms and Floods

We don’t want a little rain to dampen your enthusiasm for nature but planning appropriately for conditions (including having multiple options) will mean a safer and more enjoyable time.

Find out more about safety in nature

Bigger Than You

This video series educates about the importance of not scaling barriers to get a better social media photo. It has long term impacts on the environment, cultural sites as well as being a safety issue for both visitors and the emergency workers rescuing them. We implore people to think about the fact that it's #biggerthanyou
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