Being coronavirus safe

If you need to collect firewood, make sure you follow physical distancing requirements by staying at least 1.5 metres away from anyone else while collecting.

View the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

When you can collect firewood

Firewood can be collected from:

  • 1 March to 30 June (Autumn season) - Autumn firewood season is now open
  • 1 September to 30 November (Spring season)

Firewood cannot be collected outside these times to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure during winter and periods of highest fire hazard.

If there is a high fire danger risk, the firewood collection season may be shortened to reduce risk. Do not enter the forest on days of Code Red Fire Danger rating.

Some firewood collection areas may close at short notice due to a planned burning activity. New firewood collection areas may also open throughout the season.

Where you can collect firewood

  • Select the button below to view where you can collect firewood in your area and any information that might be exclusive to your region.

Where to collect firewood

  • Please view the Regional State Forest maps to identify firewood collection areas in your region. Here you can download and print an updated map of where firewood can be collected in your area. Please be aware of information that may be specific to your region.
  • Official signs make these areas easy to identify.
  • Please note it is illegal to sell firewood from domestic firewood collection areas.
  • Do not collect firewood within 20 metres of any rivers, creeks, lakes or dams.
  • Please protect native flora and fauna and respect cultural heritage sites.
  • Please take your litter with you when you leave.

Firewood regulations

There are serious penalties for failing to follow firewood collection rules.

FFMVic works with the Conservation Regulator to regularly patrol state forests and make sure people are adhering to the firewood collection rules.

Official signs make these areas easy to identify.

Read about what you can and can’t collect and the penalties on the new Conservation Regulator website, or click the button below.

Rules for collecting firewood

New rules for Central Victorian firewood collection areas

New changes to firewood collection regulations in Central Victoria will take effect on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Designated Firewood collection areas in state forests in Central Victoria will be restricted to residents of specific local shires.

These changes aim to ensure that local communities have greater access to available firewood into the future. While firewood is free to collect, supply is not unlimited. This means firewood needs to be managed responsibly to ensure environmental sustainability.

Only residents from the following Local Government Areas will be allowed to collect firewood from state forests in the yellow bordered region on the map below:

  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Mt Alexander Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Mitchell Shire Council

Map of the domestic firewood collection restrictions for state forests in Central Victoria
(PDF, 1.1 MB)

Visitors from outside the above Local Government Areas, will no longer be able to collect firewood from designated firewood collection areas in the following state forests in Central Victoria.

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

State forests near Bendigo

  • Kimbolton
  • Knowsley
  • Lockwood
  • Longlea
  • Lyell / Eppalock
  • Myers Flat
  • Sedgwick
  • Wellsford

State forests near Heathcote/Rushworth

  • Argyle
  • Cornella
  • Costerfield
  • Dargile
  • One Eye
  • Redcastle/Greytown
  • Rushworth
  • Tooboorac

State forests near Castlemaine

  • Campbells Creek
  • Castlemaine / Muckleford
  • Fryers Range
  • Goughs Range
  • Metcalf
  • Sandon
  • Upper Loddon
  • Walmer

State forests near Inglewood

  • Kingower
  • Sunday Morning Hills
  • Glenalbyn
  • Inglewood

State forests near St Arnaud

  • St Arnaud South (Moolerr)
  • St Arnaud North (Hard Hills)
  • Little Tottington

State forests near Wedderburn

  • Wedderburn North
  • Wedderburn South West

State forests near Dunolly

  • Bealiba/Barp
  • Harvest Home
  • Llanelly
  • Longbush
  • Moliagul
  • Mt Hooghly
  • Tarnagulla
  • Waanyarra / Dunolly

State forests near Maryborough

  • Bung Bong
  • Bung Bong / Lillicur
  • Clunes
  • Clunes Common
  • Craigie
  • Eglington
  • Glenmona
  • Havelock
  • Majorca
  • Paddys Ranges / Daisy Hill
  • Timor

State forests near Avoca

  • Glenmona
  • Pyrenees

Note: Firewood will not be available in every forest listed above in the Autumn 2022 domestic firewood collection season. Firewood can only be collected from designated firewood collection areas in some state forests during approved Autumn and Spring collection seasons.

An interactive map of Autumn designated firewood collection area locations across Victoria will be available on Tuesday 1 March until 30 June at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood

Restrictions are still in place for firewood collection near Cohuna. Only residents from Campaspe Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council can collect from Gunbower State Forest.

Page last updated: 01/03/22