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Plan Your Trip: Visiting Responsibly

Great Ocean Road, Geelong and the Bellarine, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island

Taking a road-trip shortly? Fantastic choice! While you’re out exploring the towns, beaches, rivers, parks, and waterways, let’s make sure safety is a top priority. Enjoy what each region has to offer, but look out for yourself and your mates – here are some tips to keep in mind:

PLAN AHEAD

Before you set off on your adventure, take a moment to plan your trip:

• Check out a weather forecast, and [lan to the weather, Victoria’s regions have something to offer rain, sun or wind!

• Let someone know your plans, and when you will be back.

• Be bushfire aware, Parks Victoria have some great tips!

• Dress appropriately, include sunscreen, first aid kit and any medical supplies. Don’t forget a spare phone charger!

• We want you to have an amazing time while staying safe and in harmony with nature, Parks Victoria has some handy tips and tricks to make your journey a breeze.

STAYING SAFE

As you soak in the beauty of the coastline on your road trip, be cautious and steer clear of cliffs and caves. Remember, cliff danger zones extend both above and below. here are also designated boundaries and barriers at designated spots in the region to help keep you safe – and no selfie is worth the safety of your life, the lives of others and the protection of the natural environment and be sure to check any safety signage out.

TAKE CARE OF OUR WILDLIFE

Visiting Victoria’s regions means you’re in for some wildlife magic. But here’s the deal: our Aussie critters dig their peace and quiet. So, be a cool tourist. Grab your zoom lens for those epic shots, maintain a friendly distance, and remember, no need for loud noise. And hey, don’t be that person who feeds snacks to the wildlife. This way, we can help keep our incredible fauna truly wild and free.

Found Injured Wildlife?
Contact Wildlife Victoria – 24 hours / 7 days a week – (03) 8400 7300
For non urgent incidents, report online here

REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT

We’ve all heard the ‘leave no trace’ mantra, but how about taking it up a notch and leaving the place even better than you found it? You can join the locals in the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ initiative, where you simply pick up 3 pieces of rubbish along the way and toss them in the bin. It’s a small action with a big impact – and doesn’t have to just stop at the sea.

Want to do more? Consider bringing your own eco-friendly substitutes like a reusable water bottle and coffee cup to naturally shrink your plastic footprint. And if you’re having a picnic, do a quick sweep for tiny troublemakers like bread tags and rubber bands before you head out. These little things can make a world of difference in protecting our wildlife. So, let’s be good stewards of our beautiful environment.

Sun Smart

Down under in Australia, the sun’s as fierce as it is fun!

Just 15 minutes out there, and you might turn into a crispy critter. But no worries, we’ve got your back with some sun-smart tips:

  1. Slip into some stylish sun-protective clothing.
  2. Slop on the sunscreen, SPF 50+ is your go-to superhero. Apply it at least 20 minutes before your sun adventure and reapply every two hours.
  3. Slap on a fab wide-brimmed hat that’s like your personal sunshade for face, neck, and ears.
  4. Seek some cool shade when the sun’s blazing.
  5. Slide on those sunglasses to keep those eyes safe.

So, grab your sunscreen, hat, and shades, and get out there to enjoy the Aussie sunshine.