Further closures ahead of the Easter long weekend

Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Changes to parks and reserves in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ahead of the Easter long weekend, Parks Victoria is closing additional high-visitation parks to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This Easter the message is clear. Stay home. Protect our health system. Save Lives. 

The following parks will be closed from midnight on 8 April 2020 until further notice to protect the health of staff and volunteers:

Northern Victoria

  • Barmah National Park 
  • Cathedral Ranges State Park
  • Gunbower National Park 
  • Hattah-Kulkyne National Park 
  • Murray Sunset National Park 
  • Lake Eildon National Park
  • Toorourrong Reservoir Park

 

Western Victoria

  • Bay of Islands Coastal Park 
  • Discovery Bay Coastal Park
  • Grampians National Park 
  • Great Otway National Park*
  • Lower Glenelg National Park
  • Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park*
  • Port Campbell National Park
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

 

Eastern Victoria

  • Alpine National Park
  • Baw Baw National Park
  • Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park*
  • Howqua Hills Historic Area 
  • Mount Buffalo National Park
  • Walhalla Historic Area
  • Wilson Promontory National Park

 

*Great Otway National Park, Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park are partially open for local community members to exercise only.

 

Barmah Island, located at the entrance to Barmah National Park is open to local residents for firewood collection.

 

Other parks and reserves remain accessible for exercise if physical distancing requirements are strictly followed.

Parks Victoria Rangers will be patrolling open and closed parks, working with Victoria Police and authorised officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to monitor compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions. 

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow these directions.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, Parks Victoria will continue to monitor visitation rates with the possibility of further changed to park closures, in accordance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

For more information on park closures and affected visitor sites visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19.

 

Media enquiries

Nate Leslie
0476 777 103
nate.leslie@parks.vic.gov.au 


Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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