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.

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

Specific regional information

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 7, dated Thursday 15 February 2018, pages 277 to 278 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 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) 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 08, dated Thursday 22 February 2018, pages 329 to 331 and No. S 121, Friday 16 March 2018. The revoking and amendments made to the determination No. G08 published in the Victorian Government Gazette are published in No. S 87, dated Friday 2 March 2018, No. S 140, dated Wednesday 28 March 2018, and No. S185, dated Friday 20 April 2018, 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, 630.2 KB)

Murrindindi District Overview Map (PDF, 792.8 KB)

Ovens District Overview Map

Ovens District Overview Map Barambogie  (PDF, 454.5 KB)

Upper Murray District Overview Map (PDF, 681.0 KB)

Gazette link

The determinations for firewood collection areas in the Hume Region are published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. G8, dated Thursday 22 February 2018, pages 332 to 336 and the Special Gazette No. S94, dated Tuesday 6 March 2018. The determination for the firewood collection area at Barmah Island is published in the Special Gazette No. S119, pages 1-2  dated Friday 16 March 2018. The determinations can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

Information regarding firewood collection in River Red Gum parks

Barmah

The domestic firewood collection area at Barmah Island is now closed for the autumn season, as all allocated firewood has been collected.

Domestic firewood on public land is a limited resource that is managed to ensure forest health isn't impacted. It is also 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.

For information on firewood concessions and Depratment 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.

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

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.

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 (PDF, 1.8 MB)

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 the increase risk of fire the firewood collection area in Gunbower Island State Forest will not open until 16/03/2018.

For the 2018 Autumn 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 Collection Areas Overview Map (PDF, 1.8 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 9, dated Thursday 1 March 2018, which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

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

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

This autumn there is one firewood collection area in River Red Gum parks at Robinvale. To sustainably manage future firewood supply this area is only accessible to residents of:

  • residents of the Mildura Rural City Council.
  • resident of the Swan Hill Rural City Council.

Collectors may be asked for identification when collecting firewood.

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

Gazette link

The determinations for the firewood collection areas in River Red Gum parks at Robinvale are published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. S 68, dated Tuesday 27 February 2018, which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette.

There will be 17 firewood collection areas available in Port Phillip Region this Autumn with all collection areas opening on the first of March.

Please note that the Mt Beenak collection area may be closed at short notice to allow for planned burning.

The Burns Rd collection area will close after the Labour Day weekend.

Persons are not permitted to collect domestic firewood in areas identified by signs as VicForests harvesting coupes.

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. G8, dated Thursday 22 February 2018, pages 337 to 338 which can be viewed at Victorian Government Gazette