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. Original certified maps can also be viewed at www.landata.vic.gov.au

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.

Statewide information

Autumn: 1 March to 30 June

Spring: 1 September to 30 November

Please note:

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 Forests Act 1958 and the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and associated regulations establish the rules and outline penalties for domestic firewood collection.

Typical on-the-spot fines are around $634. Offences that go to court may be liable for fines of up to $7926, one year imprisonment or both.

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, 39.5 KB)
Non-Mains Energy Concession fact sheet (DOC, 123.5 KB)

Specific regional information

The Barwon South West Region will operate 17 firewood collections areas in Spring, 2017. An overview map of the regional and district boundaries can be found here (PDF, 888.4 KB).

For more detailed information regarding each firewood collection area, please download a PDF map from the FFMVic interactive firewood mapping page.

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 32, dated Thursday 10 August 2017, pages 1728 to 1729 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

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 spring across the Gippsland Region.

The determinations for the Gippsland Region designated firewood collection areas are published in the Victorian Government Gazette (number G34, dated 24 August 2017, pages 1851-1855) which can be viewed at www.gazette.vic.gov.au

Gazette link

The determination for the firewood collection areas in the Grampians Region is published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G 34, dated Thursday 24 August 2017, pages 1856 to 1858 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 interactive ("Google style") State map above and click on the pin(s).

Goulburn District Overview Map (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Murrindindi District Overview Map (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Ovens District Overview Map (1 of 2) (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Ovens District Overview Map (2 of 2) (PDF, 477.3 KB)

Upper Murray District Overview Map (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Gazette link

The determination for the firewood collection areas in the Hume Region is published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G 32, dated Thursday 10 August 2017, pages 1704 to 1708 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette

Information regarding firewood collection in River Red Gum parks

Barmah

To sustainably manage future firewood supply, this spring there will be no firewood collection area at Barmah Island, near Barmah.

Parks Victoria plans to undertake harvesting of green and dry standing timber prior to the autumn collection season that opens in March 2018. Based on estimates, supply in the area that is available for firewood collection near Barmah will be exhausted in 2020.

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

Alternative sources of firewood include commercial suppliers or other public firewood collection areas across Victoria, such as at Rushworth.

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

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, such as at Rushworth, Violet Town and Chiltern.

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

Murray Goldfields District Overview Map and Restrictions for Gunbower Island State Forest Firewood Collection

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

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

For the 2017 Spring Domestic Firewood Collection Season restrictions will be in place for those wishing to collect firewood from Gunbower Island State Forest.

Firewood collection in Gunbower Island State forest is restricted to local residents from the following Local Government Areas (shown on attached map)

Shires:
- residents of the Shire of Campaspe;
- residents of the Shire of Gannawarra;
- residents of the Shire of Loddon;
- residents of the Swan Hill Rural City Council.

Firewood collectors may be asked to prove their address when collecting firewood.

Murray Goldfields District Firewood Spring 2017 (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Firewood Collection Restrictions - Gunbower Island State Forest (PDF, 424.0 KB)

Gazette link

The determinations for the firewood collection areas in the Loddon-Mallee Region are published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G 33, dated Thursday 17 August 2017, pages 1754 to 1756 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

Information regarding firewood collection in River Red Gum parks

Mildura and Robinvale

Due to natural flooding at the designated firewood collection area, this spring there will be no firewood collection at Mildura.

To sustainably manage future firewood supply, this spring there will also be no firewood collection area in River Red Gum parks at Robinvale.                                    

Future collection from these areas will be subject to access and supply.

Alternative sources of firewood include commercial suppliers. When purchasing firewood, ask to see the supplier’s commercial licence. It is an offence to sell domestic firewood collected during the firewood season.

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 17 firewood collection areas available in Port Phillip Region this Spring with all collection areas opening on the first of September except Burns Rd which will open after the Melbourne Cup weekend.

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

Victorian Government Gazette

The determination for the firewood collection areas in the Port Phillip Region was published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G32, dated Thursday 10 August 2017, pages 1709 to 1710 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette