This reserve located at the northern edge of Toolangi State Forest was established in 1981. It encompasses 815ha of mixed-species forest along the lower reaches of the Murrindindi river. It includes tumbling waterfalls, soaring Mountain Ash and damp fern-filled gullies.

The campground features excellent bush, river-side camping, 2 waterfall, walking tracks and sawmilling artefacts.

There are 7 designated camping areas and 100 sites.

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Camping fees

Fees are per night.

  • $3 for a motorcycle per night
  • $7 for a car per night
  • $20 for a small bus per night
  • $35 for a large bus per night

All fees are reinvested within the Reserve.

Buy your camping permit

You can purchase your permit online or from the payment box located next to the notice board in the Reserve.

All permits must be displayed on your windscreen, tent or caravan.

Camping is on a first come first served basis and no bookings are required, but early arrival is advisable during peak periods and at popular locations.

Visitors should first confirm on-site that there is an available campsite prior to purchasing their permit online.

Permits

Walks

  • One-way 12km l 3 hours
  • Short steep hills l Formed track
  • Signposted l Occasional steps

Some bushwalking experience recommended

Start at Suspension Bridge or the Cascades picnic area.

The walk follows the Murrindindi River and extends the entire length of the Reserve. The walk crosses over 5 footbridges and offers river views through a variety of forest types from tall open forest to damp ferny gullies.

The walk is accessible from most of the picnic and camping areas.

  • Return 0.6km l 45 minutes
  • Short steep hills l Formed track
  • Signposted l Many steps

No experience required

This track follows the first 600 metres of Murrindindi River Walk from Cascades picnic area. Follow the stepped track down to where 2 footbridges cross the river at the base of the Cascades.

  • Return 6km l 2 hours
  • Very steep l Formed track, some obstacles
  • Signposted l Many steps

Experienced bushwalker

Start at the suspension bridge at Water Gauge camping area. Follow the Murrindindi River Walk to the junction of Wilhelmina Falls Track. Here the track climbs gradually to the base of the falls which flow all year round. These spectacular falls drop 75 metres down a steep granite rock face. The viewing point is a great place to take photos, but for your own safety please do
not leave the track. Continue up the stairs to the top of the falls, where a viewing platform is located providing spectacular views of the surrounding mountain range.

The falls can also be accessed from the north via Jacksons Rd carpark. Travel along Falls Creek Rd and onto Jacksons Rd to the carpark. The falls are approximately 1.5 km from the carpark.

  • Circuit 10km l 3 hours
  • Very steep l Formed track, some obstacles
  • Signposted l Many steps

Experienced bushwalker

Starting at Suspension Bridge picnic area located at the northern end of Murrindindi Scenic Reserve, turn left over the bridge and follow Mill Track up to and along Jacksons Rd to the Jacksons Rd carpark. From here, follow Wilhelmina Falls Track down to Murrindindi River Walk, head right before passing SEC campsite and back to Suspension Bridge picnic area.

  • Circuit 10km l 3 hours
  • Very steep l Formed track, some obstacles
  • Signposted l Many steps

Experienced bushwalker

Start at the Boroondara carpark located on Falls Creek Rd, 700m from Murrindindi Rd junction. This circuit track encompasses both Wilhelmina Falls and sections of the Murrindindi River Walk. Stroll along Boroondara track to the Boroondara footbridge, before the track provides an invigorating walk upstream to the Wilhelmina Falls walk intersection. From here, head down to Wilhelmina Falls and take in the amazing views. Carefully descend down the rock trail to the Murrindindi River before turning left and following the walk back to the Boroondara carpark.

Getting there


From Healesville

Travel 13km along Myers Creek Rd towards Toolangi, turn right into Sylvia Creek Rd then onto Murrindindi Rd. Travel approximately 21km through majestic Mountain Ash forest to the Reserve.

From Melbourne

Travel along the Melba Highway to the intersection of Murrindindi Road, just before Devlins Bridge. Turn right and drive 9km to the Reserve.

How to help look after the forest

When in Victoria's State Forests, do the right thing.

Help protect the forest by following some basic rules.

Native plants and animals

  • Do not cut down or damage standing trees or vegetation.
  • All native plants and animals are protected
  • Dog are not permitted anywhere within the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve
  • Keep to designated tracks
  • Do not cut down or damage standing trees or vegetation
  • Use only dead fallen wood
  • There is no fishing, canoeing, and kayaking or horse riding at this reserve

Camping in the Reserve

  • If camping, purchase your ticket either online or from the payment box situated next to the notice board
  • Display the permit on your windscreen, tent or caravan
  • Camp only in designated camping areas
  • Use an existing site
  • Do not dig a trench around our tent
  • Protect our water quality - dispose of soaps and detergents at least 50 meters away from streams
  • Leave campsites tidy
  • Take all your rubbish home with you. Don't bury it.

Facilities

  • 6 campgrounds and 2 picnic areas are situated along the Murrindindi River, with some suitable for small caravans.
  • Flushing toilets are located at Suspension Bridge, Ferns and Bull Creek campsites, with pit toilets at the remainder.
  • Most campsites and picnic areas have properly constructed fireplaces and picnic tables.
  • Please keep fires in the fireplaces provided.
  • Wood barbeques are available. Bring your own firewood and check fire bans before use.
  • Non-potable water may be available. Boil all water for at least 10 minutes before drinking.

Fire restrictions and regulations

Respect others

  • Generators are not permitted in the Reserve
  • Respect the right of others and keep the noise to a minimum
  • Take a last look before leaving an area - will the next visitor know that you have been there?

Help us protect the Reserve

Help us protect your forest and camping facilities provided. If you see someone doing the wrong thing, let us know.

If you have feedback, we would love to hear from you. Email Murrindindi camping with your comments or suggestions.

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Need help?

For all emergencies, including fire, telephone 000.

The area is regularly patrolled by a Ranger. To contact the Ranger, telephone 5962 9203 Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Page last updated: 16/11/20