New walking tracks are bringing to life again Victoria's first hydro-electric scheme and historic timber harvesting sites in the Rubicon State Forest, near Eildon.

Works have commenced on the construction of a 4km loop walk in the heart of the Rubicon Valley Historic Area as part of Victoria's Great Outdoors program, a $105.6 million investment by the Victorian Government into better forests, parks, campgrounds, caravan parks, tracks and outdoor facilities.

The walk will showcase the area's unique history and heritage listed infrastructure, creating increased opportunities for people to explore the great outdoors.

"The walk encourages visitors to explore sites developed over 100 years ago, taking visitors along tramways and aqueducts, over trestle bridges and past historic sawmills and hydro-electric infrastructure," Forest Fire Management Victoria, Project Manager, James Cowell said.

"From 1907 until the 1950s, timber harvesting was undertaken by communities that lived in the forest. A network of wooden tramways connected the sawmills to the edge of the forest.

"The area is also the site of the first state owned renewable energy hydro-electric scheme, completed in the 1920s and still operating largely unchanged today."

The works are being undertaken by Forest Fire Management Victoria and are expected to be open to the public by the end of the year.

Hume Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy, said the Rubicon project is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors program which is creating opportunities for people to get out and explore the great outdoors and experience the benefits of spending time in nature.

"We are making it easier to get into nature through better facilities, new and upgraded campgrounds and tracks and trails," he said.

For further information about Victoria's great outdoors program visit www.vic.gov.au/victoria-great-outdoors

You can also follow the hashtag #victoriasgreatoutdoors on DELWP social media channels.

Page last updated: 27/07/20