LOOK AFTER YOURSELF & YOUR HOUSEHOLD
As restrictions continue to ease, enjoy what the Great Ocean Road region has to offer, whilst keeping the recommended 1.5m metre distance from people outside your household. Whether you're exploring the streets around a town, or our beaches, rivers, parks and waterways, there are some key things to remember.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS
Remember that the outdoors isn't risk-free and act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Make sure you plan ahead. Check if the place you want to visit is open, and where possible, book in advance. Booking direct with your accommodation supports the local operator and will provide you with the opportunity to get real-time local advice as to where to go and what to do. Be mindful our businesses are working as hard as possible to meet the guidelines and provide a COVID safe environment and may have restricted numbers and reduced capability over this period.
ENJOY SLOW TOURISM
Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your trip. Allow extra time for travel and plan lots of breaks or stops. Make use of our walkways and walking and cycling tracks but be mindful of others that you come across them, keep the recommended 1.5m distance and if the walking path is narrow, be patient and allow them to pass safely.
Avoid touching surfaces like posts and railings wherever practical but safety first! Wash or hand sanitise your hands regularly.
BE MINDFUL OF CLOSURES
Some areas may still be closed. If you see any closed signs, please respect these as it is not safe for you and your family to use them just now.
With restricted dining capacity across our cafes and restaurants and COVID restrictions encouraging being in the great outdoors, you may be buying more takeaway. Please remember the fragility of our environment and dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully. The kindest option is to take all rubbish home with you or to use the correct recycling bins - and don't forget your keep cups for your coffee! Most cafes will accept these if they are clean.
We love our coast, rivers and lakes but please remember to be safe and responsible and always ensure children are within arm’s reach. If heading for a swim at the beach - please seek out patrolled beaches and swim between the flags.
Please also read and abide by any water safety advice, guidance and signage where provided and keep yourself and others safe. For more information, safety guidelines and helpful advice, visit beachsafe.org.au
LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER
Behave with courtesy, consideration and awareness.
Respect the privacy, safety and livelihoods of those living, working and visiting our region. Working together we can ensure everyone can enjoy their visit.
MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
It is key to remember that a lot of businesses have not been operating at all, or are operating within restrictive guidelines and are continuing to learn how best to adapt and operate. Additional processes are in place including recording your details, extra cleaning and social distancing so please be patient and support the staff trying to monitor and manage these processes. They are for all our safety. Be mindful and manage your expectations - allow staff to do their job and assist you in having a great and safe experience.
VISITING OUR SMALLER COMMUNITIES
Our region has many fabulous small towns and communities who are keen to welcome visitors back, however we are also conscious that this does create some fear and concern. These concerns stem from the small local health services simply not having the capacity to manage a local outbreak. Please consider your behaviour and how you can demonstrate that you are supporting social distancing and additional hygiene. It is a delicate balance as many of the businesses heavily depend on visitors like you to survive.
As we have been under lockdown, nature has begun to reclaim its space and flourish in our absence. Please be careful not to disturb any animals or wildlife that you come across. Please help us keep our wildlife wild and do not feed the birds and animals.
LOOK AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT
Look after the places you love to visit, and always leave the land as you find it. Our beautiful landscapes bring a lot of joy to those lucky enough to live here or visit - make sure that continues to happen by never causing damage - intentional or accidental.
- Always take your rubbish home with you
- If you're having a picnic, check the area before you leave for smaller pieces of rubbish easily missed like bread tags, rubber bands and bottle caps - these can severely harm our wildlife and sealife
- Stick to pathways
- Respect barriers
- Never intentionally or recklessly disturb or destroy a plant, bird, animal or geological feature.