Let’s go! Regional Victoria gets ready to travel again

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Grey nomads in regional Victoria are excitedly plotting their journeys once again. PIC: South Gippsland Shire Council

After weeks of being restricted by a second lockdown, grey nomads ‘caught’ in regional Victorians are getting ready to hit the road again.

From midnight tonight, people in the regions will be able to freely travel the Garden state once more. And the Government has confirmed that some regional Victorian camping grounds and caravan parks will reopen for regional Victorian travellers.

Destination Gippsland chief executive Terry Robinson told the ABC it was exciting news.

“Businesses are desperate to reopen, and they’re all saying, ‘We’ll have Covid-safe plans … we’ll follow the rules and regulations, so just give us that flexibility and allow people to start travelling and we will live up to our end of the bargain’,” he said. “Obviously Melbourne can’t travel, and nor can interstate, but for regional Victorians to be able to move around and come to areas like Gippsland and enjoy all of our great experiences is something that we do welcome.”

Earlier in the year, caravan parks were unable to open their shared toilet, shower and kitchen facilities, but Mr Robinson said that would not be the case this time around.

Lakes Entrance Recreational and Camping Reserve operator, Jo Martin told the ABC that her telephone had been ‘ringing off the hook’ since Premier Daniel Andrews announced the impending lifting of regional travel restrictions.

“They’re asking, ‘Can we come? Can we come?’, but I am just having to say, ‘I have to wait to see whether I can open my amenities before I confirm any bookings’,” Ms Martin said.

The ABC reports that the Victorian Government is expected to further officially clarify the rules around camping later today.

During the last reopening between lockdowns, Ms Martin said she could only accept bookings from people who were completely self-contained, with ensuite caravans.

“But the thing is, we couldn’t have our toilets open, yet the public toilets were open around the corner,” she told the ABC. “So we had our guests, who didn’t want to do number twos in their caravans, jumping in their cars and racing off to the public toilets in a hurry.”

The Victorian Government is yet to clarify whether overnight stays will be allowed in state and national parks including Wilson’s Promontory National Park and the Alpine National Park in Gippsland.

In a statement on its website, Parks Victoria said it was currently working through how the easing of restrictions in regional areas would impact state and national parks.

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One Response to Let’s go! Regional Victoria gets ready to travel again

  1. Yep. Heading to Stawell Saturday and then on to Dimboola to check out the Little Desert National Park. Glad to get out and about again.

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