Melburnians have just been granted our first little taste of freedom and are now allowed to travel 25km from home, as opposed to the previous limit of 5km. So you can finally do all of Briiighton, go to the Tan and head to a beach that isn’t in St. Kilda (because ew).
So how can you actually figure out what is and isn’t inside your 25km? There’s actually a few ways to figure it out, and it’s a lot easier than you might think.
But before you get too excited and think you can head down to your beach house, the 25km radius only applies to metropolitan Melbourne. You cannot go to regional Victoria and vice versa. So a girls trip to Daylesford is firmly off the cards!
KM from home
This website is my personal favourite tool to use when measuring the 25km, as it’s super user-friendly. It was created by Irish developer Dave Bolger who created it shortly after Ireland introduced a radius rule in late March.
The url says 2kmfromhome.com, but it can be used to measure pretty much any km radius you want to test out. I tried 100km and it took me all the way to Ballarat and Anglesea, which then made me sad because I can’t go there…but still pretty cool.
Me: *frantically changing my tinder & hinge settings to 25km* pic.twitter.com/a6f7xjukph
— rosey posey (@roseysoho) October 18, 2020
The Victorian Government website
Did you know that there’s actually a Vic Gov coronavirus website? No? Well you do now. The website is filled with useful information like an interactive map telling you how far 25km is from your home, and includes the roadmap for reopening. You can check it out here.
If you want to measure the straight-line distance between you and a particular location, Google Maps has a tool for that.
On the Google Maps app, click on your location and then hit ‘Measure distance’ and drop the pin to literally anywhere, and I mean anywhere. I tried Engadine McDonald’s and it was 683.80km from my home.
On desktop, it’s the same principle, but you need to right click on your location and then hit ‘Measure distance’.
Similarly to the interactive map created by the Victorian Government, The Age have one too. You can access it here.
Interactive: What is within 25km of your home's new lockdown limit https://t.co/AXiaRjTZ1R
— Gay Alcorn (@Gay_Alcorn) October 18, 2020
For some people the 25km may not be the outcome you were hoping for, especially for those around the bottom end of Port Philip Bay whose 25km radius is literally just water. RIP.
Great I can swim half way across the Philip bay!! Not many will join me though! 25km rule does little for my family to meet as they are 49 km away still in metro melb.!!
— Martin (@nitram0353) October 18, 2020
But as Dandrews said today, “We have come too far – sacrificed too much – to give up now. We are so close.”
We can do this Melbourne!