Stay safe this summer

Pack Your Summer Smarts

Summer is a wonderful time to get into nature. The weather has finally warmed up, the sun is shining, and we can’t wait for you to get outdoors and enjoy your favourite activities. But nothing dampens a summer day more than something going wrong...

Before you get into nature this summer take the time to plan your trip. We want you to stay safe and enjoy the best of nature. So, we've have pulled together some useful tips and tricks to help you along the way!

Before you head out download our Day Trip Checklist and remember to always be COVID safe.

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Get ready for nature

Ensure you plan for your next road trip, camping trip, or daytrip. Here’s a couple of ways you can make sure your stay safe in nature.
A couple camping along the Glenelg River at Lower Glenelg National Park

Going Camping? Our rangers give us the low down

To help you, your friends and your family have a safe, stress-free, and well-planned stay in Victoria’s incredible parks and natural landscapes our rangers have shared their know-how in these handy tips. 
A couple enjoy a coffee at Bay of Islands, Port Campbell National Park

How to plan the perfect day trip

Day trips can be a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of our state without breaking the bank or expending too much time or energy planning a big getaway. Our park rangers have compiled a set of insider tips to get visitors #ReadyForNature while day tripping this summer.
A couple walk out into a coastal lake at Croajingalong National Park.

Stay cool, stay safe

Whether you're a white-water adventure-seeker, casual canoe day-tripper or you want a family-friendly swimming hole, Victoria’s parks are the perfect place to make a splash this summer. However you’re cooling off this summer, make sure you’re ready for nature by planning ahead.
A couple hiking at You Yangs Regional Park

9 ways you can #TravelKind into nature

Bursting to get into nature? As Victorians emerge from extended lockdowns and the state reopens; we know that demand for spending time in nature’s green spaces will be at an all-time high. That’s why we’re asking you to consider travelling with kindness as you rediscover our incredible parks in Victoria!

Stay safe this summer

Ensure you check out our water, land and bushfire safety tips when planning your next road trip, camping, or day trip this summer! For more information visit the safety in nature page.

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.
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.

Try somewhere different

Many coastal destinations will be very busy with visitors over the summer – but there are plenty of alternatives so you can skip the crowds! For more great spots to explore this summer, visit our bays, lakes and rivers page or mountain peaks page.
A couple looks out of the mountains from The Horn, Mount Buffalo National Park

Five reasons to choose mountains this summer

Are you still pondering what to do this upcoming summer? We’re here to tell you why Victoria’s mountain peaks – those alpine landscapes, escarpments and grassy high plains across our state– should be top of your list, even once the snow has melted.
A young couple walk through a cave in Budj Bim National Park

Top places to escape the summer crowds

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, enjoy the great outdoors and learn more about some of the most beautiful places in Victoria, then these places are a must-see this summer.
Three friends canoe through Lake Elizabeth infront of a back drop of ferns and old growth forest.

Best places to cool off this summer — that aren’t the beach!

If you’re looking to avoid the beach crowds this summer, but still want to jump in a body of cool water, check out these great spots.
The waterfall at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve

Head for the hills in South Gippsland

Planning a summer getaway to South Gippsland? Check out our hot tips for staying cool away from the crowds.

Discover a range of activities

Did you know you can do much more than just go for a walk in a park? Why not book an experience, discover amazing marine life, go camping somewhere you’ve never been or learn about the park’s Aboriginal cultural heritage.

There are many more ways you can get into nature and enjoy your favourite activities this summer. Visit our Things to do page for more inspiration.

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Discover Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways

One of the best ways to explore Victoria’s spectacular parks waterways is by booking a nature-based experience with a Licensed Tour Operator. Licensed Tour Operators are ready to help you explore, discover and experience our magnificent parks and waterways.
Snorkelling at Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

Discover an underwater world

If you’re looking for the best places to see underwater ecosystems and encounter marine wildlife, look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to explore marine protected areas. So, pack your togs, wetsuit, a mask and snorkel and head to the coast!
Family kicking a football outside their tent

Choose your adventure at these camping spots

This summer is the perfect time to get out and camp under the stars. Before you pitch your tent, spend the day exploring the nature around you.

Experience Aboriginal culture in parks

Victoria’s parks provide a range of guided and non-guided experiences that provide unique insights into Aboriginal cultural values and stories.
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