Caravan parks and camping grounds closures
At the direction of the Chief Health Officer Victoria campsites, caravan parks and camping grounds will now be closed to visitors.
This is effective from 11.59pm (local time) 25 March 2020.
The only people permitted to remain will be those specified in section 10, part 3 of the Non-Essential Activity Directions given on 25 March 2020.
- a person whose place of residence is the accommodation facility
- a person who is ordinarily a resident of Victoria but has no permanent place of residence in Victoria or
- a person who has a permanent place of residence in Victoria, but that place is temporarily unavailable; or
- a person, on a temporary basis, who has travelled to Victoria for work purposes; or
- a person who was a temporary guest of the accommodation facility on the date that these directions were given; or
- a person who requires emergency accommodation, including in relation to family violence and other vulnerable groups
These actions follow further restrictions on domestic and international travel, with all non-essential travel banned. Compliance with this directive is enforceable under section 203 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and penalties apply.
It is important to reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Victorian community.
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Closures - FAQs
Compliance with new rules
Signage should be displayed at the road entrances and on main buildings indicating that the park or camping ground is closed.
Inspections will occur after this date to ensure that campsites, caravan parks and camping grounds are compliant. Inspections will be carried out by DELWP and Parks Victoria staff and Local Government authorised officers over the coming weeks. If caravan parks and camping grounds operators fail to comply following this, the Victoria Police will be contacted.
Persons wishing to retrieve belongings from closed caravan parks and camping grounds will need to contact the land manager/operator who will stage retrieval to ensure compliance with Mass Gathering Directions and social distancing.
Some parks and forests will close on days of severe/extreme weather or significant fire danger, so if you are planning on visiting for camping, walking and other recreational activities please make sure you check on conditions before you leave.
It is also important to check conditions across Victoria during summer, as fire activity can also be a safety factor even if there are no closures.
Authorities have closed a number of beaches to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Some beaches are still accessible for exercise if you strictly follow social distancing requirements.
View the list of closed beaches
You can also connect to multiple sources for emergency information, including
- the VicEmergency app - Apple or Google Play
- tuning in to ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations
- Sky TV
- phoning the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 22
- following VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.
For park closures go to www.parks.vic.gov.au
For latest information on fires go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au
Page last updated: 31/03/20