What has changed?

  • Camping on public land is now allowed.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people and physical distancing rules apply.

Please remember: 

  • 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.
  • Remember – 1.5 metres of physical distancing at all times
  • If you are unwell, stay home

Caravan and campground guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Guidance for Safe Return to Caravan and Camping Coronavirus (PDF, 220.1 KB) is intended to assist public land caravan and campground managers to safely operate, and to ensure staff, patrons and the community are confident that appropriate measures are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

It provides an overarching guidance based on Restricted Activity Directions (No 11) which outlines requirements for:

  • Physical distancing (the density quotient for indoor and outdoor spaces)
  • A limit on the number of people who can stay at accommodation with shared facilities
  • A physical recreational facility
  • Community sport and recreation
  • Retail facilities
  • Food and drink facilities
  • Accommodation facilities
  • Signage, cleaning and records requirements
  • Stay Safe Directions
  • Other Victorian Government guidelines about COVIDSafe operations that may also apply to caravan and campground managers include:
  • Tourism Industry Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to assist tourism operators to safely resume operations.
  • Hospitality Industry Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) for businesses who offer food and drink, including bars, clubs and restaurants.
  • Return to Play Guidelines for tourism operators that offer sport and recreation activities.


  • The advice may change depending on the progress of the pandemic in Victoria and updates to this guidance will be made accordingly.

Read the Guidance for Safe Return to Caravan and Camping Coronavirus (PDF, 220.1 KB)

Frequently asked questions

Can I stay at a caravan park or campgrounds?

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. 

Public toilets can be used. Toilets at all sites will be opened, with scheduled cleaning. Ensure personal hygiene and social distancing is observed. 

Can I camp on my own farm or property?

Yes. However physical distancing and gathering directions still apply.  

Friends and family may camp on your property as long as you and they are complying with the total number of visitors (5) allowed on a property.  

Can I camp in parks and forests?

Yes, camping is permitted. For the time being, driving with passengers outside your household should be avoided. Please note that as some 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 camping in a park or forest: 

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • You can gather in groups of 10 people.
  • Check that the park/forest is open and safe before travelling.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others.
  • If you are unwell, stay home.

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

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.  

More information 

Page last updated: 03/07/20