Recreation permits

To ensure the special values of Wellington Park are protected, permits are required for some recreational activities.

Horse riding, four wheel driving and other activities beyond that of normal Park use as specified in the Wellington Park Management Plan or the Wellington Park Regulations, require permits. If an activity involves access through gates and barriers you will need a permit. Unusual activities or events may require a permit, so contact the Manager to discuss.

Horse riding

Horse riding in Wellington Park is permitted on several nominated fire trails. A permit and gate key are required for all riding access. Short or long term access permits are available through the Southern Region Office of the Parks and Wildlife Service (ph: 03 6165 4053). Permits are not required to ride along Jefferys Track in the west of the Park.

Four-wheel driving

Likewise 4WDriving in Wellington Park is permitted on specific fire trails only. A permit and gate key are required for most vehicle access and can be obtained from the Southern Region Office of the Parks and Wildlife Service (ph: 03 6165 4053). Trail information is also provided to visitors when permits are collected. Permits are not required to drive along Jefferys Track in the west of the Park.

Camping

Rough bush camping is permitted in the Natural Zone of Wellington Park.  Camping in other parts of the Park, or in conjunction with horse riding or 4WDriving, is prohibited without a permit.  This includes the overnight use of huts and shelters and the overnight parking and use of campervans, caravans and other vehicles.

Note that fires are not permitted in the Park, except in fireplaces in huts and shelters or in an emergency where fire is needed for survival reasons.  Fuel stoves (devices that use gas or liquid fuel) may be used anywhere in the Park, except on days of Total Fire Ban.