As of Monday 1 June, the messaging from the Victorian government changed from "stay home", to "stay safe". After many Victorians were in isolation for months, ever since restrictions eased in May, they've have been out and about exploring the amazing array of bush walks, hikes, waterfalls, and towns around Victoria.
Even though many parks around Victoria are open for business, a couple of Victoria's top natural assets were overwhelmed last weekend with visitors and Parks Victoria has made the call to close them for the time being to make sure we can all keep a safe distance.
Both the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (1000 Steps), and Warburton's Redwood Forest have been closed until 11:59pm on Sunday 21 June.
There are many other parks around Victoria you can visit. Parks Victoria has put together a list of ways to stay safe when visiting:
- Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
- Do not gather in groups of more than 20 people
- Check that the park is open before travelling
- Avoid parks that are usually busy on a weekend
- Bring your own hand sanitiser
- If a car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally—instead go to an alternative destination
- Stay safe—do not jump barriers or railings to access areas that are prohibited
- Be prepared for cold weather and take safety precautions in areas where there is snow
- If you are using BBQ facilities make sure you clean them before and after each use
For inspiration on ways to explore Victoria this long weekend, head to our Local Escapes section.
Image credit: Visit Victoria