Information about travel for those living in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Key points

From 11:59pm on Thursday 30 July 2020, if you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe:

  • You are still able to travel and stay in a holiday home, private residence or tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, but you may only stay at these places with people you live with or your partner.
  • If you feel unwell, you should not travel. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested as soon as possible, return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result.
  • When leaving your home, you must wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
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Travel within Victoria

Is there a restriction on how far you can travel?

There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel. However, you cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire unless it is for the following three reasons:

  • shopping for food and essential supplies,
  • care, caregiving and compassionate reasons,
  • or work or study – if you can’t do it from home.

Currently, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply to people living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. Recreational travel is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home.

Some Australian states and territories have closed their borders or require visitors to quarantine on arrival. Before travelling to another state or territory you should check the rules your destination has in place. For the latest information visit: State and territory border closures due to COVID-19.

I live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast or the Borough of Queenscliffe, can I stay at a friend's house or with family?

No, from 11:59pm on Wednesday 30 July 2020, you cannot stay at friend’s or family’s house. You can stay with your partner.

I live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast or the Borough of Queenscliffe, can my children go on play dates to a friend’s house?

No. From 11:59pm on Wednesday 30 July 2020, families living in these areas cannot have visitors to their homes. This includes children.

Am I allowed to book a holiday rental or hotel?

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can still travel and book accommodation, but only with the people you live with or your partner.

Additional safeguards will be established for accommodation, including increased screening to increase the safety of staff and visitors. Guests are encouraged to assess their health before leaving home and to stay home and get tested if feeling unwell.

If you rent a room or property to travellers or tourists, you can find information on keeping your guests safe on the Business Victoria website. 

Can I book a holiday home in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe if I live outside of this area?

You can book accommodation, such as a holiday home, in these areas but only with the people you live with or your partner. The restrictions that apply in this area apply to you while you visit the area.

If you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area or Mitchell Shire, you must stay at home except for the four reasons (shopping for food or essential items, care or compassionate reasons, exercise or outdoor recreation, and work or study – if you can’t do it from home). You are not permitted to leave home for the purposes of a holiday.

Will the ski season reopen? Will I be able to book accommodation?

The ski season has commenced and accommodation in ski resorts will be open, subject to some restrictions. Accommodation operators in ski resorts have received guidance to ensure they can open safely.

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can still travel and book accommodation but only stay with the people you live with or your partner.

Additional safeguards will be established for ski accommodation to enable them to safely open, including increased screening. Guests are encouraged to assess their health before leaving home and to stay home and get tested if feeling unwell.

For more information about the Victorian Ski Season visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Can I stay at a caravan park or camping ground?

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can still stay at a caravan park or camping ground but only with the people you live with or your partner.

You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to stay at a caravan park or camping ground, unless it is for work or study.

Additional safeguards will be established for accommodation, including increased screening to increase the safety of staff and visitors. Guests are encouraged to assess their health before leaving home and to stay home and get tested if feeling unwell.

If you rent a room or property to travellers or tourists, you can find information on keeping your guests safe on the Business Victoria website.

It is also important for guests to keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people, wear a face covering, regularly wash or sanitise hands, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue.

Can I go camping?

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can go camping, but only with the people you live with or your partner.

When will school camps reopen?

Currently, school camps in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are closed.

Outside these restricted areas, school camps are open and communal facilities including shared kitchens and bathrooms are also open.

Health and safety precautions will be required – guidance to operators and schools can be found on the Department of Education website.

Is there a time limit on how long I can stay away from home?

There is no time limit on how long you can stay away from home. But as always, we’re urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities.

Under what circumstances can communal facilities at caravan parks and camping grounds be used?

For caravan and camping parks that are outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, communal facilities including shared kitchens and bathrooms can be opened to all guests. Operators must ensure these facilities are cleaned at least twice a day. Additional safeguards including health and temperature checks may also apply.

It is also important for guests to keep at least 1.5 metres from other people they don’t live with, wear a face covering, regularly wash or sanitise hands and cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue.

Information for accommodation providers, including requirements for record keeping and cleaning between groups, can be found in the Tourism Industry Guidelines.  

My facility has a barbecue – can people use it?

For caravan and camping parks that are outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, barbecues can be used. Visitors should clean the barbecue and surrounding spaces before and after they use it.

Will pools be open? What about saunas and spas?

Outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, up to 20 people are allowed per pool, with no limit on the number of people per lane in each pool. The number of people permitted in the non-water areas of the pool facility must not exceed the four-square metre rule. Communal change rooms and showers are open.

Saunas and spas remain closed.

Can I pick people someone up from the airport? 

You may pick up or drop off a person from an airport, but you should stay in your car when you get there.   

If possible, you should avoid carrying passengers in your car, unless they live in your household. The enclosed space of a car presents an increased risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  You must also wear a face covering if you are in the car with people from outside your household, unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face covering.

Travel within Australia

Can I travel within Australia?  

Victoria’s borders are open so if you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can leave and enter Victoria. However, some Australian states and territories have closed their borders or require visitors to quarantine on arrival. Before travelling to another state or territory you should check the rules that your destination has in place.

If you do travel interstate, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others when practical to do so and practice good hygiene – wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. 

You can also call the Commonwealth Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 to find out what travel requirements and restrictions are in place at your destination. 

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must Stay at Home, except in certain circumstances such as for emergency purposes or on compassionate and caregiving grounds.

If I am booked on a flight within Australia can I travel?

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can travel if you have booked a flight within Australia. However, several Australian states have closed their borders, so you may not be able to fly to some states or territories. You should check with your airline if you booked the flights prior to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. 

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must Stay at Home, except in certain circumstances such as for emergency purposes or on compassionate and caregiving grounds.

If I am travelling within Australia will I need to go into quarantine when I arrive in Victoria?

There is no requirement in Victoria to quarantine when travelling domestically. 

If you have returned from overseas and you’re travelling from Victoria to another Australian state or territory, for further information about your travel see information for overseas travellers.

What if I was planning to move interstate – can I still move?

You can move home within Australia. Before you move you should find out if there are quarantine requirements in the state or territory you are moving to: www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/  

Can I visit friends and family interstate?

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, there are no restrictions on leaving or entering Victoria at this time. However, you should check entry requirements before you leave home for the state or territory you are travelling to www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/ .

If you are going interstate, you should familiarise yourself with the restrictions that apply in your destination.

If you do travel interstate, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others when practical to do so and practise good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. You are not able to visit friends and family in their homes in Victoria if you are from the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast or the Borough of Queenscliffe.

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must Stay at Home. Visiting friends and family is not one of the four reasons that people can leave home, except in certain circumstances such as for emergency purposes or for compassionate and caregiving grounds.

International travel

What if I’m travelling internationally?

No international passenger flights will be arriving in Melbourne until further notice.

For information on travelling internationally or returning to Australia from overseas visit information for overseas travellers.

Public transport

Will public transport continue to operate?

Public transport services continue as normal. If you need to use public transport:

  • Wear a face covering when you leave your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • Maintain your distance from other passengers wherever possible and do not travel if you are unwell. If you travel on a busy route, consider travelling outside of peak times.
  • Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods.

For more information visit the PTV coronavirus (COVID) page.

Actions for transport carriers

The following actions should be considered by transport providers, including airplanes, trains, trams, buses, taxis and ride share:

Key actions

  • Take all the actions listed under Actions for an organisation, workplace or employers.
  • Food and beverage takeaway services may continue at transport hubs e.g. stations and airports. See Requirements for shops, retail and restaurants.
  • Plan ways to reduce person to person contact for travellers and staff.
  • Actively encourage sick passengers to stay at home.
  • Use advertising space and announcements to support public health messages around coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Plan what to do if a passenger or staff member becomes ill. For airlines see:  https://www.health.gov.au/
  • Keep staff and travellers informed of the actions you are taking.
  • For drivers of public transport, including taxis, Uber, ride-hail services, trains, buses and trams:
    • If you are unwell do not go to work.
    • Wear a face covering when you are at work
    • Ask passengers to sit behind you to achieve as much separation as is reasonably possible.
    • Employ standard cleaning practices at the end of each shift, as part of good hygiene practice.
    • Use your discretion about reducing the risk of transmission.
    • If a passenger spreads droplets (e.g. by sneezing, coughing or vomiting), clean surfaces with appropriate disinfectant wipes so that the potential spread of infection can be minimised.

Hygiene

  • Provide and promote hand sanitisers for use on entering buildings or transport services, where possible.
  • Open windows and adjust air conditioning to increase airflow.
  • Ensure the highest hygiene practices among food handlers and canteen staff.
  • Increase environmental cleaning. Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Airlines should ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfection activities are undertaken between each flight.

Physical distancing

  • Consider whether your transport service can be adjusted to increase separation of travellers and avoid queuing.

Private transport

Can I drive my car?

If you live in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you can go for a drive. If you are driving alone or only travelling with people from your household, you do not need to wear a face covering.  You should put your face covering on before you leave your vehicle or if you wind down the window to talk to someone. 

If you are driving with people for work or with people you don’t live with, you must wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason not to. 

If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you should not travel to the restricted areas, except for one of three reasons: shopping for food and essential supplies, care, caregiving and compassionate reasons, or work or study – if you can’t do it from home.

Can I learn to drive?

Driving practice is allowed, and you can also attend driving lessons or aircraft flying lessons. If you are learning from someone not from your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should, practice good hygiene by washing or sanitising your hands before and after your lesson and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue. You should also clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly, including the steering wheel, seatbelts and doors between lessons.

Can I take the driver licence test?

If you reside outside of metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, you can take a driver’s licence test. However, you will need to consider the following factors before taking your test:

  • You will be asked to confirm that you don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have any symptoms or are in quarantine or isolation, you must reschedule your driver’s licence test. If you have symptoms, however mild, you should get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The facility you attend to take your test will record your contact details. This is to assist with contact tracing should it be required.
  • If you are using your own vehicle, you will need to ensure that the area where the licence testing officer will sit has been cleaned and disinfected. You will need to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as steering wheels, door handles and seatbelts. You can buy these cleaning and disinfectant products from a supermarket.
  • If using a driving instructor’s vehicle for your test, all high-touch surfaces (for example, the steering wheel, door handles and seatbelts) will have been cleaned and disinfected between drivers.
  • Where possible, avoid having passengers other than the licence testing officer.
  • You must wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • You should practise good hand hygiene before and after your test, by washing your hands or using hand sanitiser.

 More information is available on the VicRoads website.

Can I have passengers in my car?

You should avoid carrying passengers in your car, unless they live in your household. If you do need to carry passengers in your car, you should frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Can I use taxis and ride-shares?

Yes, but only for one of the four permitted reasons to leave home. Where possible, maintain physical distancing by sitting in the back seat, wear a face covering, wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle.

Can I organise private transport for my employees to get to work?

You can organise private transport for employees to get to work for example, charter buses or other forms of private transport can be used to get to work.

Enforcement

How will you enforce this? 

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by DHHS and Authorised Officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Public Health Commander.

As restrictions are eased, industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, DHHS and Authorised Officers will work together under both the Directions and existing legislative and regulatory frameworks to boost education and remediation, in addition to driving enforcement and compliance with the Directions.

Community members can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444. Workers can raise concerns via Worksafe on (03) 9641 1555. And employers can talk to their industry regulator or Peak body for specific industry related support.

A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Joint Intelligence Unit has been established to support comprehensive preparedness and responses to outbreaks and identify and manage outbreak risks.

The Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe will co-ordinate intelligence and information on businesses that are non-compliant.

What are the penalties for noncompliance? 

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:  

  • Refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction   
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system.

The fine for not wearing a face covering is $200.