Safety

Let someone know before you go. Visit the Victoria Police website for trip intention forms and more.

Mobile phone coverage

Many forest areas do not have mobile phone coverage. In case of emergency you may wish to bring a satellite phone, or hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

Bushfire

Check the weather before you venture out. Be fire aware.

Check VicEmergency for information about current fires, Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.

For weather forecasts and warnings, check the Bureau of Meteorology.

Always bring protective clothing in case the weather changes.

Consider rescheduling your visit during stormy weather or at times of high bushfire danger.

Road conditions

Be aware of your and your vehicle’s limitations. Most of our forest roads are dirt roads, many are four-wheel drive only (particularly after rain!) and are typically narrower than urban roads so always keep to the left.

Use common sense – If the road is not easily trafficable by your vehicle turn back.

Dress well, pack well

Bring the things you need including decent maps, drinking water, insect repellent and protection from the sun (hat, sunscreen, long sleeves).

No bins

Pack it in, pack it out – there are no bins provided. Please bring a plastic bag and take your rubbish home.

Toilet facilities

Toilets are typically non-flushing - what we call long-drop - toilets. They are basic and can run out of toilet paper and may not have hand-washing facilities.

Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser.

Falling tree limbs

When camping or having a picnic, be aware that trees and limbs may fall unpredictably.

Being under or near trees may be dangerous and could cause injury.

Consider others

State forests are popular for walking, mountain bike riding, four wheel driving, trail bike riding and other activities. Enjoy yourself, but not at the expense of others or the environment.