Some firewood collection areas are associated with planned burning and may be closed at short notice.

If you haven't already, please read the Domestic Firewood Collection Rules.

Each map has been lodged with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

To print maps, set your printer to A4 or A3 and to 'fit printable area'.

Firewood collection area maps can be optimised for viewing on mobile devices using the free Avenza Maps Mobile App.

For feedback, please contact us.

Specific regional information

For more detailed information regarding each firewood collection area, including maps which can be printed or downloaded to a mobile device, please refer to the list of closest towns and follow the links to individual Firewood Collection Area maps.

Barwon South West region overview map (PDF, 959.0 KB)

Victorian Government Gazette

The determination for the firewood collection areas in the Barwon South West Region was published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G 33, dated Thursday 16 August 2018, pages 1787 to 1788 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

Gippsland region overview map (PDF, 841.8 KB)

Please be aware that the boundaries of some designated firewood collection areas have changed.

Check the domestic firewood interactive map for all designated firewood collection areas open this autumn across the Gippsland Region.

Spring and autumn are the predominant seasons that Forest Fire Management Victoria undertakes planned burning operations. Firewood collection areas that have proposed burns within them, maybe closed early and at short notice to allow burning operations to be safely undertaken. Closures of firewood collection areas due to burning operations will be notified on site and where time allows the external website and DELWP/Forest Fire Management Victoria offices will have updated information.

The determination for the Gippsland Region designated firewood collection areas are published in the Victorian Government Gazette (number G8, dated 22 February 2018, pages 325-328 and G18, dated 3 May 2018, page 849) which can be viewed at www.gazette.vic.gov.au

Grampians region overview map (PDF, 706.1 KB)

District overview maps

Midlands district overview map (PDF, 6.8 MB)
Wimmera district overview map  (PDF, 5.9 MB)

Gazette link

The determination for the Spring 2018 firewood collection areas in the Grampians Region is published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G 35, dated Thursday 30 August 2018, pages 1880 to 1882, which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette

District overview maps

The "Overview" maps below provide a starting point to assist you to locate the domestic firewood collection area(s) closest to you.  

For more detailed information regarding individual firewood collection areas, including maps which can be printed or downloaded to a mobile device to help you navigate to the area(s), please refer to the list of closest towns and follow the links to individual Firewood Collection Area maps.

Goulburn District Overview Map

Murrindindi District Overview Map

Ovens District Overview Map

Upper Murray District Overview Map

Gazette link

The determinations for firewood collection areas in the Hume Region is published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G34, dated Thursday 23 August 2018, pages 1833 to 1837. The determinations can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

Information regarding firewood collection in River Red Gum parks

Barmah

There will be no firewood collection at Barmah Island this spring in order to sustainably manage future firewood supply.

Domestic firewood on public land is a limited resource that needs to be carefully managed. Future collection from Parks Victoria managed land will be subject to access and supply.

It is vital that some fallen timber remains on the ground across the park to preserve faunal habitats.

Future firewood collection from Barmah Island will be subject to access and supply.

Alternative sources of firewood include commercial suppliers or other public firewood collection areas across Victoria.

Shepparton and Cobram-Yarrawonga

Due to an exhausted firewood supply on land available for collection, there are no future firewood collection areas planned for the River Red Gum parks near Shepparton or Cobram-Yarrawonga.

Domestic firewood on public land is a limited resource that needs to be carefully managed. Further wood removal from this area would have a negative impact on the forest environment.

Alternative sources of firewood include commercial suppliers or other public firewood collection areas across Victoria.

Murray Goldfields District Overview Map

Murray Goldfields District Overview Map

In the Murray Goldfields, Domestic Firewood collection is available from the following geographic areas:

Avoca, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Dunolly, Heathcote, Inglewood, Maryborough, Rushworth and St Arnaud.

The "Overview" map below provides a starting point to assist you to locate the domestic firewood collection area(s) closest to you.

Murray Goldfields District Firewood Collection Areas Overview Map

For more detailed information regarding individual firewood collection areas, including maps which can be printed or downloaded to a mobile device to help you navigate to the area(s), please refer to the interactive ("Google style") State map above and click on the pin(s).

Information regarding firewood collection in Gunbower Island State Forest

Due to restricted access to the forest as a result of the NCCMA Environmental Watering program on Gunbower Island, there will be no designated firewood collection area in Gunbower State Forest open for the Spring 2018 season.

The closest firewood collection area to Gunbower Island that will be open will be Inglewood.

Gazette link

The determinations for the firewood collection areas in the Loddon-Mallee Region are published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G35, dated Thursday 30 August 2018, which can be viewed at  Victorian Government Gazette.

Information regarding firewood collection in River Red Gum parks: Mildura and Robinvale

There will be no firewood collection areas in River Red Gum parks managed by Parks Victoria this spring, in order to sustainably manage future firewood supply.

The River Red Gum parks that will not have firewood collection areas are Mildura, and Robinvale.

Domestic firewood on public land is a limited resource that needs to be carefully managed. Future collection from Parks Victoria managed land will be subject to access and supply.

Alternative sources of firewood include public firewood collection areas across Victoria and commercial suppliers.

For information on firewood concessions and Department of Health and Human Services Non-Mains Energy Concessions visit  www.dhs.vic.gov.au/concessions

There will be 16 firewood collection areas available in Port Phillip Region this Spring with all collection areas opening on the first of September and closing on 30 November.

Collection of domestic firewood in areas identified by signs as VicForests harvesting coupes is not permitted.

To print out an overview of Port Phillip Region Firewood Collection Areas please see attached map

For specific local information please visit DELWP's Powelltown office located at Main Rd, Powelltown. For general information please visit DELWP's Knoxfield office located at 609 Burwood Hwy, Knoxfield.

Victorian Government Gazette

The determination for the firewood collection areas in the Port Phillip Region was published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G35, dated Thursday 30 August 2018, pages 1885 to 1886 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette

Statewide information

Autumn: 1 March to 30 June

Spring: 1 September to 30 November

Please note:

Firewood available for collection is green and should be stacked for 12 months to dry before it is suitable for burning.

If there is a fire danger risk the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened.

Some firewood collection areas can be subject to planned burning activity and may be closed at short notice.

Additional firewood collection areas may be opened throughout the season.

Roadside collection is generally managed by VicRoads or local governments.

Firewood collection is not allowed on roads managed by VicRoads but you can seek permission from local governments. Roadside collection in State forests is only allowed in designated areas.

The legislation and regulations that establish the rules for domestic firewood collection are:

  • Forests Act 1958
  • Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
  • Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978
  • Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2010.

There are heavy penalties for not complying with these rules, including fines of up to 50 penalty units (current value of the maximum fine is $7,928.50) or one year imprisonment.

  • On-the spot fines are issued for a range of offences, including:
  • taking more than the daily limit of 2 cubic metres of firewood from a firewood collection area during a firewood collection season
  • cutting or taking wood for domestic firewood use from state forest outside a designated firewood collection area
  • bringing heavy vehicles / machinery into a firewood collection area
  • collecting firewood within 20 metres of a watercourse
  • cutting live or dead standing trees
  • cutting or taking a visibly hollow log or a log growing moss or fungi
  • driving off road.
  • Under the Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012 it is an offence to:
    • tow or winch fallen trees along the ground
    • fill a chainsaw with oil or fuel unless it is on an impermeable surface

DELWP and Parks Victoria conduct routine, random or targeted patrols of forest areas, and authorised officers issue on-the-spot fines for firewood offences, with an option to take people to court for major offences.

If you would like to report an offence or misconduct please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

The Department of Health and Human Services provides Non-Mains Energy Concession to assist Victorian concession households that rely on firewood, LPG and other non- mains methods for heating and cooking.

For more information visit the Department of Human Services Vic.

Non-Mains Energy Concession fact sheet (PDF, 81.1 KB)
Non-Mains Energy Concession fact sheet (DOC, 124.5 KB)

The following programs can help households improve their home energy efficiency, save on energy bills and/or adopt renewable energy: