What has changed?

  • Further changes to restrictions for sport and recreation.
  • Shared facilities such as showers, laundries and kitchens at campgrounds can open.
  • You can gather in groups of up to 10 people in public places. Multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by.

Please remember:

  • If you choose to travel outside your home, please do so responsibly.
  • Take responsibility for your own hygiene, bring your own hand sanitiser, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and be mindful of others.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
  • You should stay home if you are unwell.

Are playgrounds, outside gyms and skate parks open?

Yes, outdoor play equipment, including playgrounds, outside gyms and skate parks are now open.

There is no limit on the number of people that can use these facilities at any one time. People should not gather in groups of more than 10 and should stay 1.5 metres apart from others where possible. Take responsibility for your own hygiene, bring your own hand sanitiser, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and be mindful of others.

What are the restrictions on community sport and training?

Indoor sports centres and venues can open with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those aged over 18 years old.

A staggered approach to the return of community sport will begin as follows:

  • Resumption of full-contact training and competition for people 18 years and under
  • Resumption of non-contact competition for people aged over 18 years (indoors and outdoors)
  • Spectators to abide by public gathering restrictions of 10 in open outdoor venues.
  • If indoors, must comply with restrictions on indoor sports and physical recreation venues, no spectators allowed – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).

Changing rooms and showers can open for sporting and recreational facilities, including swimming pools. The limit on 3 per lane in swimming pools will no longer apply.

Operators are required to keep records of all people (both staff and patrons) who stay for more than 15 minutes.

Further information can be found on Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Return to Play

Can I play golf?

Yes you can play golf, for now, in groups of no more than 10 people. You should ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others. You should not share a golf buggy with someone who lives outside your household.

Can I go horse riding?

Yes you can go horse riding.

Can I visit beaches?

Yes. Beaches are open and accessible for exercise and recreation.

You can gather in groups of up to 10 people, however multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by. Visitors need to comply with physical distancing requirements.

Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes to their activities.

Am I allowed to surf or swim on beaches?

Yes. Beaches are open for exercise and recreation, which includes surfing and swimming. The standard physical distancing requirements and gathering limits apply for water-based activities.

Lifesaving clubs are closed, and Life Saving Victoria (LSV) beach patrols have stopped for the season.

You can gather in groups of up to 10 people, however multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by. Physical distancing rules apply at all times.

Can I go camping or stay at a caravan park?

Yes you can stay at a caravan or camping ground.

Shared facilities such as showers, laundries and kitchens at camping and tourist accommodation can open. Physical distancing and gathering directions still apply.

Before leaving home undertake a health self-assessment, including temperature check. Stay home if you are unwell.

Can I visit local parks and gardens?

Yes. This includes visiting local parks and gardens for recreation or exercise, including picnics and non-contact sports. If visiting parks and gardens:

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
  • You can gather in groups of no more than 10 people.
  • Check that the park is open and safe before travelling.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others
  • You should stay home if you are unwell.

Can I visit parks and forests?

Yes. With a small number of exceptions, public land is open. This includes visiting parks and forests for exercise, recreation and camping.

Please note that as some other parks and forests are still closed due to the impact of the bushfires, you should check if the park or forest you intend to visit is open before travelling.

If visiting a park or forest:

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • You can gather in groups of no more than 10 people.
  • Check that the park/forest is open and safe before travelling.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others.

Staying apart is keeping us together. For more information on state forests check out the More to Explore app (available from the Google Play or App Store).

Please be patient with our public land managers as we reintroduce access to public land and facilities. Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.

Are Parks Victoria’s parks closed?

Parks that are open are accessible if physical distancing requirements are strictly followed. Check the Parks Victoria website for a full list of closures and/or changed conditions before you leave home.

Can I use Parks Victoria’s visitor facilities such as barbecues and picnic tables?

Refer to Parks Victoria updates

Can I hunt or fish?

Yes you can hunt and fish, as long as you comply with standard licencing requirements, regulations, legislation and policies.

Hunting is allowed within the open season for Stubble Quail, deer (except Hog Deer) and hunting Sambar Deer with hounds. The Hog deer season and duck season is now closed.

Some wetlands may be closed to hunting or have additional restrictions, please check the GMA website before leaving home.

Groups must be limited to no more than 10, and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained. Hygiene measures still apply – no physical contact outside your household members, regularly wash your hands and obey the 1.5 metre distancing requirements even when outside.

Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes to their activities.

For more information, please visit the Game Management Authority and the Victorian Fishing Authority website.

Guidelines to remember:

  • Camping, including remote and bush camping, is allowed. Visitors will be able to use communal areas like shared bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Please make yourself familiar with the current restrictions and check for any specific information from the land manager before you leave home.
  • Be responsible and mindful of others.
  • All licencing requirements, regulations, legislation and policies apply as usual.
  • If you choose to take advantage of any changes to public health directions, please do so responsibly.
  • Take responsibility for your own hygiene, bring your own hand sanitiser, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and be mindful of others.
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • If you are unwell, stay home.

Can I fossick?

Yes you can fossick, be sure to observe existing rules and restrictions:

Are people still allowed to collect firewood?

Yes, firewood can be collected up to Tuesday, 30 June. If you need to collect firewood, make sure you follow physical distancing requirements by staying at least 1.5 metres away from anyone else while collecting.

Existing rules and restrictions on firewood collection can be found on Forest Fire Management Victoria

Can I participate in / hold a tour or event in parks and forests?

Yes, activities and events can resume as long as the organisers can ensure groups do not exceed 10 people and physical distancing requirements can be met at all times.

Licensed Tour Operators should contact Parks Victoria’s Activation Agreements Team - Commercial Directorate on 13 19 63 or email for further information.

Can I operate or participate in filming and photography in activities in parks and forests?

Yes. Filming and photography is permitted in parks and forests in line with existing guidelines. Please check the following Parks Victoria and DELWP websites for more details.

Page last updated: 26/06/20