Avoid mud, sweat, and tears this long weekend

With an extra-long weekend for Victorians to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the AFL grand final, those planning a weekend in the bush are urged to spend their time on public land responsibly, particularly when four-wheel driving or trail bike-riding.

Sunday, 18 September 2022 at 11:00 pm

Conservation Regulator, Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and Parks Victoria Authorised Officers will be patrolling forests, parks and reserves targeting illegal offroad activity, littering and unsafe campfires.

Victoria has had a very wet start to spring, with heavy rainfall across much of the state affecting dirt road conditions and many tracks in state forest and parks will remain closed until early November to prevent serious road damage. It is an offence to use them while closed.  

Remember to check local closures before you go on the Parks Victoria or Map Share websites. 

Trail bike-riders and four-wheel drivers are reminded they must be licenced, vehicles registered and can only use formed roads and tracks to protect the environment and other forest users.  

Anyone caught illegally riding or driving vehicles off-road in state forests can face on-the-spot fines of $185 or up to $500 if the matter is taken to court. Damaging, disturbing or destroying wildlife habitat carries a maximum fine of more than $9,000. 

Visitors are also responsible for building and keeping safe campfires, including where and what they use and never leaving it unattended, even for a short while. Campfires should be put out with water, not soil, and be cool to the touch before leaving. And all rubbish must be taken home, not dumped or burned.

Anyone who witnesses illegal vehicle use or rubbish dumping on public land is encouraged to report it on 136 186.   

For more information about rules in state forests, including campfires and vehicle use, visit Rules in state forests

Whether you’re cheering on the Cats or the Swans, remember to play by the rules on public land this long weekend.

If you’re exploring our forests on foot, bike or 4WD it's important you respect the rules to keep the environment and community safe.

Conservation Regulator Victoria