Licensed tour operators
Licensed Tour Operators offer a wide range of appropriate organised recreation activities on public land. These organised recreation opportunities are conducted across a wide range of environments, ranging from remote national parks to metropolitan parks close to Melbourne.
Tour operator licence applications
For current tour operators
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries website maintains helpful licensing information such as Fact Sheets, FAQs and Regulation documents:
Statement of Expectation
The objective of the Statement of Expectations (SOE) framework is to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the administration and enforcement of regulation in the context of facilitating increased business investment and economic activity in Victoria.
The objective of SOEs is to establish clear expectations of regulator performance and improvement between responsible Ministers and regulators. This will improve regulator outcomes and reduce costs on regulated parties.
Adventure activity standards
Industry has endorsed and the Government has funded a project to develop documented Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) for the outdoor recreation industry.
There are currently Adventure Activity Standards for the following Parks Victoria licensed activities.
- Canoeing / kayaking
- Four Wheel Driving
- Horse Trail Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Recreational Angling
- River Rafting
- Rock Climbing
- Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, and Wildlife Swims
- Surfing Sessions
- Trail Bike Touring
Details of the AAS and the industry consultation process undertaken by Outdoor Victoria (formally Outdoor Recreation Centre) are available at www.outdoorsvictoria.org.au
Compliance with relevant AAS is a condition of all tour operator licences. For licensed activities where AAS have not been developed, the licence application notes the requirements.
17 Jul 2014
Parks Victoria Ranger Shane Reger has been providing hands on working experience for TAFE and University students for nearly twelve years. Over that time he’s shown hundreds of young people how to put into practice what they’re learning in the classroom. This time the lucky group were three students doing…
1 Aug 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Low key, fun, club level MTB racing
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
Timeline Photos#WorldRangerDay 31st July - show support for global rangers by joining our Thunderclap Join: http://bit.ly/1Aeq4toView post | Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12.39
Timeline PhotosPeople near Hattah in the Mallee may see smoke today as DEPI and @[121390137920954:274:Parks Victoria] undertake planned burning. Where we burn depends on the weather and plans can change at short notice so please stay informed via http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/planned-burns/planned-burns-now-and-next-10-days or calling the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.View post | Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08.34
Join Sean Willmore - Park Ranger and Founder of Thin Green Line, Danielle Thomas...Join Sean Willmore - Park Ranger and Founder of Thin Green Line, Danielle Thomas - Park Rangers Coordinator, City of Melbourne, and our own Dr Bill Jackson - Chief Executive Officer, Parks Victoria, at tonight's Melbourne Conversations dedicated to rangers worldwide. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start at Federation Square, Deakin Edge, Melbourne. Entry is free and Brian Nankervis is MC. World Rangers Day – Celebrating Passion, Courage and Care - City of Melbournewww.thatsmelbourne.com.auMelbourne Conversations celebrates the diverse world of park rangers, at home and across the globe, with Thin Green Line Foundation's Sean Willmore.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16.35
Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning...Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning and have been monitoring it since. The Yarra River is tidal and it’s not uncommon to see a dolphin or a seal in both the Yarra or Maribyrnong Rivers. Rangers noticed the seal was fishing for food and seemed quite content and, as of midday, reported that the seal was heading towards the city and is likely to be heading back toward the bay. Now seal here: playful marine mammal journeys 14km from Port Phillip Bay to Yarra Riverwww.theage.com.auA seal has swum all the way along the Yarra River from Port Phillip Bay, playing and catching two big fish before ending up in South Yarra.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14.49
Frankston Pier is now open following recent storm damage. The head of the pier w...Frankston Pier is now open following recent storm damage. The head of the pier was damaged by storms in late June and has now been repaired. The main promenade of the pier had remained open during the closure.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08.32