As part of managing Victoria's parks and reserves, Parks Victoria supports the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) to prepare for, fight and recover from bushfires on public land.
We work year round to prepare parks and reserves to reduce the potential impact of fire through planned burning and other fuel reduction. The $21 million Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program is improving the fire preparedness of our urban and fringe parklands.
Around 70 percent of Parks Victoria staff are trained in specific fire fighting roles. Each summer, many rangers and office staff are deployed to fight fires in parks and forests across the state.
Many recent bushfires have burnt large sections of our national parks and forests. Parks Victoria works to rebuild and reopen bushfire affected areas and support the natural environment in its recovery.
Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment. With lightning and indigenous burning practices having shaped our ecosystems over tens of thousands of years, many of our plants are reliant on bushfire to regenerate and maintain their health. In line with this, Parks Victoria also uses planned ecological burning to support and develop biodiversity values in our parks.
It's always a great time to enjoy a visit to a park. Find out how you can stay safe when you visit during the bushfire season. Find out more...
Code Red Fire Danger
On days of forecast Code Red Fire Danger, Parks Victoria and the DSE will close parks and forests (including state forests and national parks) in the relevant weather district for public safety. Click here for a list of closures.
Total fire bans
The CFA website lists Total Fire Bans in place in Victoria as well as providing detailed information about what you can and can't do on a day of Total Fire Ban. Parks closed on days of Total Fire Ban are listed here.
12 Nov 2013
Parks Victoria wishes to advise visitors that during the next six weeks there will be weekday access disruptions at the McKenzie River Rainforest Walk in the Bemm River Scenic Reserve, between Orbost and Cann River in East Gippsland. The walk is a popular stopping point for motorists on the Princes…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
31 Dec 2013 9:00am - 23 Feb 2014 5:00pm
Get to know Victoria's parks with a ranger on one of Parks Victoria's Discovery talks or activities for all ages. Programs including the popular Junior Ranger and Summer By The Sea programs. Most activities are free and are run in parks along the coast, forests, mountains, caves and historic buildings.…
1 Jan 2014 3:00pm-4:00pm
This historical tour provides a unique opportunity to view a cave that is rarely open to the public and is part of the same cave system as the Royal and the Fairy show caves. Lit only by solar-powered pathway lights, you are provided with a helmet and headlight to view…
3 Jan 2014 3:00pm-4:00pm
Nothing beats a relaxing sleep by the river on a scorcher like today. This lit...Nothing beats a relaxing sleep by the river on a scorcher like today. This little fellow picked a great spot at Expedition Pass in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Thanks to Ranger Craig Thompson for the pic - stay cool!View post | Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16.33
Check out the fantastic video of the Great Victorian Fish Count undertaken by Pa...Check out the fantastic video of the Great Victorian Fish Count undertaken by Parks Victoria and Friends of the Bluff on 1 December at the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary. Great turn out, great conditions, great numbers of fish and great fun! Keep an eye out for the blue gropers! Big thanks to Jarrod Boord for the great video. Check out his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jarrodboordphotography Fish Count 2013 - Barwon Heads Marine Sanctuary. Victoria.The great Victorian fish count is undertaken every year. This year there were 29 volunteers at the Barwon Heads Fish count. Thanks everyone. Music from sourc...View post | Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10.32
As summer kicks in, sunsets like these are common in south western Victoria. Tow...As summer kicks in, sunsets like these are common in south western Victoria. Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve has multiple lookouts to take in the views and there’s always a chance you could be joined by some of the local wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, or, as local ranger James Cordwell found, emus! http://bit.ly/1kTlWVfView post | Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11.22
Christmas cheer was in full swing at Carols by Candlelight in Jells Park last Su...Christmas cheer was in full swing at Carols by Candlelight in Jells Park last Sunday. The locals were in fine voice and the night ended with a beautiful fireworks display. Photo: Ranger Vanessa BluettView post | Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17.02
It’s hard to imagine a fully grown snail being the size of a pinhead. But that’s...It’s hard to imagine a fully grown snail being the size of a pinhead. But that’s the case for the microsnail species found in the Victorian Alps during the recent Bioscan. Museum Victoria scientists discovered a number of these minuscule creatures, including the Pygmy Panda. And how do know if it’s an adult? Simple. Count the whorls on their shells – under a microscope!View post | Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10.07