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Types of Parks

Parks Victoria looks after over 4 million hectares of public land. Some of these areas are reserved to protect plants and animals whereas others are reserved more for recreation and public enjoyment.

It’s important to recognise the different purpose and management objectives of the different types of parks in Victoria.

National Park

Areas of nationwide significance because of their outstanding natural environments, features, scenic landscapes, and diverse land types. They protect natural and cultural features and usually offer visitor facilities. They have limited areas for intensive recreation or development. In Victoria national parks are managed under the National Parks Act 1975. The oldest national parks in Victoria are Wilsons Promontory and Mount Buffalo. Both were reserved in 1898.

State Park

These are managed for the same purposes and under the same act as national parks. They are generally smaller than national parks and make up an area of land containing natural environments and features, scenic landscapes and one or more land types that represent the major land types of the State.

Wilderness park

Managed for conservation and self reliant recreation. Wilderness parks are generally large areas with landforms and native plant and animal communities relatively unaltered or unaffected by the influence of the European settlement of Australia.

Regional park

Areas of land containing indigenous or non- indigenous vegetation readily accessible from urban centres or major tourist routes. They offer diverse recreational opportunities for large numbers of people.

Marine national parks, marine sanctuaries and coastal parks

Protect marine and coastal environments, safeguarding marine habitats for important plants and animals and conserving natural, cultural and aesthetic values.

Metropolitan parks

Managed for intensive recreation and conservation where appropriate.

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A new stairclimber and motorised all-terrain wheelchair at Buchan Caves Reserve will help people with a disability to enjoy the spectacular caves and their surrounds. This stairclimber will allow children and small adults with a disability to experience the spectacular beauty of the Fairy Cave for the first time ever.…

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Special Olympics National Games

20 Oct 2014 4:00pm - 24 Oct 2014 5:00pm

The 10 Special Olympics National Games (SONG) is the flagship event for Special Olympics Australia and will be held in Melbourne from October 20 to 24 predominantly at venues at Albert Park. It provides an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities from around Australia in ages ranging from 9 through…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Wilsons Promontory National Park

22 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am

Want to know how to find more birds? Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird walk at Wilsons Promontory National Park to discover the best areas to spot birds. As a part of Bird Week 2014 all bird sightings from this activity will be added to the…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Serendip Sanctuary

23 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:00am

To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided tour through Serendip Sanctuary. Serendip is well known for its stunning bird life and has a variety of wetland, grassland and woodland habitats which help attract over 150 known bird species. The park also has bird…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Coolart Wetlands and Homestead

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Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk to celebrate Bird Week 2014. Coolart Wetlands and Homestead has a mix of heritage gardens, native bushland, coastal scrub and wetlands which create a perfect bird watching space. With a mix of bird hides and heritage buildings to…