Bays and waterways events
Event permits are required for events on Port Phillip, Western Port and Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers to ensure the protection of the environment and the rights and expectations of other users.
Parks Victoria is the waterway manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers. These bays and waterways are highly valued by the community for recreational, environmental and economic purposes.
Your event application will be assessed with consideration to environmental impacts, risk to participants and spectators, potential impacts on other user’s, venue availability and value to tourism and recreational needs.
To obtain a permit, event organisers need to follow these steps.
Step 1: Plan the event
Events must meet set objectives and criteria. Event organisers must plan their event so it causes the least amount of disruption to stakeholders and other bay or waterway users.
The following document gives direction on the type of events and activities that are appropriate in the various precincts of Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers:
Step 2: Submit an Expression of Interest
To have your event included in the events schedule, you must submit an EOI form to Parks Victoria.
Parks Victoria holds an Expression of Interest (EOI) to hold events twice a year. Event organisers are contacted in February for events held in winter and in August for events held in winter. New event organisers may submit an EOI at any time.
Step 3: Complete an event application
After you have submitted an EOI, Parks Victoria will respond to you regarding the suitability of your event. You can then complete an event application.
Parks Victoria will assess your application against its framework for events on bays and waterways and will respond to you regarding the suitability of your event.
The application must be submitted 10 weeks prior to the proposed event date.
07 Aug 2014
An endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll has been sighted in the Great Otway National Park for the first time in 24 years. Related to the Tasmanian Devil, and colloquially known as the ‘Tiger Quoll’, the animal was caught on a remote camera set up as part of an ongoing program by Parks…
1 Sep 2014 8:30am - 4 Sep 2014 5:30pm
We will take you behind the scenes on this exclusive, small group adventure as you work alongside a Parks Victoria Ranger to 'track and protect' the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales, which are on Victoria's threatened species list. You will sample some of the region's best wines, see ancient Aboriginal rock art…
2 Sep 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…
3 Sep 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 Sep 2014 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.