Enjoy the magic of nature during Parks Week
Thursday 23 February, 2017
Remember how good it feels to be outdoors and immersed in nature?
From exploring stunning coastlines, forests and mountain peaks, to the simple pleasures of picnicking or strolling in your local park. For those looking for something more invigorating, you’ll find some of the world’s best places to go hiking, cycling, rock climbing and snorkelling right here on our doorstep.
Parks Week from 4-12 March celebrates the vital role of parks in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy. It’s the perfect reminder to give yourself a break and get into a park this Autumn.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Chief Conservation Scientist Mark Norman
“Victoria’s amazing national parks, reserves and sanctuaries are protected as the best examples of the state’s natural and cultural heritage – its spectacular wildlife, plants, wild places and scenery.”
“We are blessed with such a huge diversity, from deserts with bearded dragons and red kangaroos, to alps with pygmy possums and snow gums. We have dense ancient rainforests that are home to lyrebirds and iconic much-loved places including Wilsons Promontory, the Otways and the Grampians. Seventy percent of our beaches and coastlines are also in our parks.”
“I urge everybody to get out there in Parks Week, to escape into reality and soak up some nature – from your smallest local park to some of our magic wild places all over the state.”
“And don’t forget that our parks and their ecosystems also work for us, giving us clean, filtered air and water, helping us regulate the climate and bringing critical tourism dollars to our cities, towns and regions.”
“More than 100 million visits are made each year to the estate managed by Parks Victoria. This includes, national, state and metropolitan parks, piers, jetties and marine national parks and sanctuaries. Their value and draw power is obvious in the steady increase in the numbers of people visiting parks over the past decade.”
Media enquiriesKate Milkins
0437 129 031
Parks Victoria media centre