The Regulations

The ongoing care, control and management of the Park is directed by the Wellington Park Regulations 2019 (the Regs).

The Regs are the official do's and don'ts. They provide the legal mechanism for controlling use of the Park. They are created to support the values of Wellington Park--what makes this place special, and the reasons for which it has been declared a protected area.

Most offences under the Regs have a penalty attached. Penalties may be on-the-spot, or determined in court.

On-the-spot penalties may be issued by an Authorised Officer, Ranger or Police officer, and range from 1 to 2.5 penalty units (one penalty unit is $168 as at 1 July 2019). The list of penalties for on–the–spot fines is contained in Schedule 2 of the Regs. More serious offences may be dealt with in court, where the penalty for most offences is up to 20 units and up to 50 units for some fire-related offences.

If you come across a suspected offence please report it to the Education and Regulations Coordinator.

This page provides an overview of the Regs and the reasons we have them, which are always to do with protecting the Values. 

The Regs have been summarised under 19 categories listed alphabetically below.

Aircraft

You are not allowed to launch or land an aircraft without a permit from the Trust.

Aircraft includes drones and remote or radio controlled models; anything that flies whether piloted or unpiloted. The Trust accepts drone applications for research, commercial, filming and recreational purposes, but you must have a current Australian Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and insurance.

Animals

In Wellington Park dogs are only allowed on dog-permitted trails in the Recreation Zone (see map), and must be kept on a lead less than 2m long at all times. Dogs may be kept in a vehicle on a road or car park elsewhere in the Park eg at The Springs and the pinnacle.

Horse riding is allowed on certain fire trails if you have a permit from the Trust.

No other animals are allowed in the Park.

Authorized Officers

Authorized Officers include Police Officers, Rangers and some management agency staff, who are given powers under the Wellington Park Act.

Park users must comply with any reasonable direction that an Authorized Officer gives them in order to regulate the engaging in of any activity in the Park eg playing a game, walking a dog, or using a vehicle.

Bicycles

You can only use a bike on a bicycle track, shared use track or fire trail, not on walking-only tracks. Visit the Wellington Park bike riding webpage for more info. Bicycle has the same definition as the Road Rules. Track users must follow the Track Users Code.

Camping

Camping is not allowed at the Springs or at the pinnacle, or anywhere in the Recreation  Zone.  Independent, rough bush camping in a tent is allowed in the Natural Zone. No camping in the Remote Zone. See the Wellington Park Management Zone map for details.

Cultural Heritage

Unless you have a permit from the Trust, you must not remove, destroy, damage, disfigure or disturb any brick, glass, coin, masonry, ceramics, Aboriginal relic or any object or feature of architectural, archaeological, historical or scientific interest in Wellington Park.

Metal detectors are not allowed in the Park.

Exotic Plants

You must not bring in, have possession of, or plant, disperse or deposit any part of any exotic plant in Wellington Park.

Fires

The Park is closed on days of Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger.

Fuel stoves may be used in the Park as long as they do not interact with the ground or vegetation in any way, and do not use any type of solid fuel including wood or coal.

Fires are only allowed in a few designated fireplaces* which are inside huts, eg at Fern Tree Park, the Springs, the Chalet and Junction.

 

*Unless you have a fire permit from the Trust, or you are in an emergency, survival situation.

Anyone who lights or uses a fire (even if another party lit it) must not leave it unattended until it has been put out, and must follow any directions from an authorised officer in relation to the fire.

 

Fires must not be lit on Total Fire Ban days, including designated fireplaces inside huts. Fuel stoves that run on Liquid Petroleum Gas (butane or propane) may be used in areas already clear of flammable material within one metre.

Flora and Fauna

Unless you have a permit from the Wellington Park Management Trust, it is an offence to:

·        take any plants or animals

·        have possession of or use any sort of hunting equipment or saw, chainsaw or axe

·        put down any sort of trap, fertiliser or chemical that might be harmful to plants or animals

·        rouse, disturb any animal

·        interfere with any animal or the places animals use to nest, shelter or breed.

Notices

Unless you have a permit you are not allowed to put up or distribute notices, signs, advertisements, books, papers or pamphlets in Wellington Park. This includes handing out, hanging up, putting down or attaching to any structure or tree.

It is an offence to disturb any lawful sign, notice in the Park.

Noxious Matter

You must not leave litter or carcass of an animal or any noxious or polluting thing including dog poo except in a bin.

Offensive Behaviour

Park users are not allowed to behave in an offensive, indecent or riotous manner, which includes insulting or annoying other users, appearing intoxicated, and throwing stones or snowballs or any thing in a way that may cause injury or damage.

Recreational Activities

The Trust may erect signage that gives directions relating to any activity in the Park. (See Signs below.)

Restricted Areas

Wellington Park has several drinking water catchment areas where access is strictly for authorised persons only.

An area may be closed temporarily eg due to storm damage.

Follow signage and check the Trust or local management agency website for further information.

Signs

Signs are the first line of protection for the Park, and often the first reference point for information and navigation. Please take the time to read them. They may save you time, money—even your life!

There are signs relating to traffic, access, camping, fire safety, recreation and every other aspects of Park use and management.

Signs may be fixed and permanent (eg Park boundary signs) or mobile and temporary (eg Event or Operational signage).

All signs are there to protect you and the Park—and signs are all protected by the Regs. Pay close attention to them but do not disturb them.

There may not be a sign when and where you need it, but not seeing or reading a sign is not an excuse for an offence. Offences against signs carry on the spot fines of $168-$336, or up to $8400 in court.

If you see any problems or have any questions related to signage, call the Trust Education and Regulations Coordinator (Ranger) on 0408 517 534.

Structures

You must not erect or place any building or structure (other than a tent) including cairns, memorials or plaques unless you have a permit from the Trust.

Existing lawful structures, improvements and other works are protected under the Regs and must not be disturbed in any way unless you are authorised to do so.

Tracks

Unless you have a permit from the Trust it is an offence to make, cut, dig, build or mark out any track or route in the Park.

Vehicles and Traffic

In Wellington Park you can only use a vehicle on open, public roads, unless you have a permit from the Trust. To ‘use’ a vehicle includes to park, stand, ride, take, or be in charge of. 

An authorized officer may direct a driver to stop or not to drive or park a vehicle on any road or track in Wellington Park, and may take charge of or arrange to be towed away any unattended vehicle.

Water and Other Natural Substances

Unless you have a permit from the Wellington Park Management Trust, it is an offence to:

·        dam, divert or pollute any water course

·        take or collect water to sell

·        dig up, collect, remove or disturb any natural substance in the Park on, above or below ground, including wood, soil, rock, gravel and forest litter.