This autumn, Parks Victoria is challenging you to find a park or reserve you’ve never been to. Explore a side of Victoria you’ve never seen and you might just win yourself the adventure of a lifetime. 


Parks Victoria has handpicked 18 parks and reserves across the state that are lesser-known and under-explored. From marine sanctuaries to historical sites, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of these places before, let alone visited. 

A QR code has been left at each of these parks, and everyone who visits and scans the code goes in the draw to win a nature experience of your choice, worth up to $3000! Not a bad deal if you ask me!


Discovery Bay Coastal Park

Which parks should I visit?

The 18 parks and reserves are spread out across the state, from the coast to the Murray – some are even within Melbourne’s city limits! Here’s where you should head;

  • Woowookarung Regional Park
  • Jawbone Marine Sanctuary
  • Kooyoora State Park
  • Bunyip State Park
  • Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
  • Vaughn Springs and Southern Castlemaine Diggings
  • Discovery Bay Coastal Park
  • Little Desert National Park
  • Maldon Historic Area
  • Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary
  • Barmah National Park
  • Loch Iel Lake Reserve
  • Mitchell River National Park
  • Gresswell Nature Conservation Reserves
  • Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park
  • Hepburn Regional Park
  • Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary
  • Herring Island

Every different park you visit and QR code you scan is another entry into the comp!

Entries close Tuesday 31st of May 2022, so you’ve got nine weekends to get out there and check out as many lesser-known parks as possible!


Little Desert National Park

What could I win?

Now this is the really cool part. One lucky winner has a selection of 11 different outdoor experiences across Victoria to choose from. 

The options are unreal! From a seven day guided and catered hike along the Great Ocean Walk, to a day of white-water rafting for up to 10 people in Alpine National Park, to a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne and champagne breakfast for up to six people, there’s BOUND to be something that’ll tickle your fancy. 

Check out the full list of prize options on offer and start hitting those unseen parks!

Don’t forget to share the new places you explore by tagging @parksvic and the #ParksNatureChallenge hashtag.


Feature photo Mitchell River National Park thanks to Jessica Shapiro