What is Crown Land?

Crown Land

A Crown land reserve is public land that has been set aside for public purposes for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of Victoria. The colonial Government began to reserve Crown land in the latter half of the 19th century as a means of providing land for important community activities. Crown land reserves support a whole range of amenities and uses such as halls, libraries, theatres, showgrounds, gardens, bushland, zoos, foreshores, sports ovals, tennis courts, playgrounds, swimming pools and rail trails. Victoria has over 12,000 Crown land reserves. Crown land is still set aside today for the use and benefit of the general public.

The principal legislation dealing with the reservation and management of Crown lands in Victoria is the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978.