Plan ahead for safe and enjoyable camping this Easter
Thursday 29 March, 2018
Easter and the school holidays are the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature, so Parks Victoria is urging visitors to plan ahead to get the most out of their holidays.
The best way to find a great camping spot this school holidays is to visit Parks Victoria and search the many great parks across Victoria. Some campsites require bookings, but at others visitors can just show up and sites are available on a first-in basis.
But be quick – the best sites are snapped up early and many of the most popular sites, including the Grampians and Wilsons Promontory, are already booked out. Thankfully there many less well-known campsites that don’t require bookings that can be enjoyed this Easter.
Parks Victoria manages some of the most spectacular natural places in Victoria. So why not visit one or more parks these holidays to enjoy everything on offer. See wildlife in natural surroundings, take a walk, canoe along a river, explore a cave, or simply relax with family and friends.
Time spent in nature is not only great fun, but research shows it is also good for your health, both mentally and physically.
Once you’ve found your perfect spot it’s essential to be a good camper.
Campfires are a great way to keep warm on crisp autumn nights but make sure your campfire doesn’t become a bushfire. There is a lot of great advice at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/permits-and-regulations/fire-restrictions-and-regulations on how to have a safe campfire. Follow the park’s rule on campfires – for example in many national parks, campfires are only permitted in designated fireplaces provided by the park.
And always put a campfire out with water, not soil, to make sure your campfire doesn’t spread after you leave. Around ten per cent of bushfires are caused by escaped campfires.
And don’t be ‘that person’ – the one who leaves rubbish behind for the next visitor. Most parks do not provide bins, so do the right thing and take your rubbish home or to the nearest transfer station. Rubbish left behind is not only untidy, it can also harm our native wildlife and waterways.
Park visitors should also be aware that planned burns are taking place throughout Victoria over the Easter holiday period. This means emergency vehicles may be in our parks, and you may see and smell smoke. In some cases, parts of our parks will be closed to allow planned burns to be carried out safely.
Media enquiriesTanya Smith
0448 572 342
Parks Victoria media centre