Public Safety Zones

Public safety zones are areas where access is closed or restricted to ensure public safety. Public access is not allowed while either a sign is displayed, DELWP staff, equipment, machinery or vehicles are present.

Due to severe weather impacts, selected state forests, reserves and tracks in Loddon Mallee, Grampians and Port Phillip regions are now closed. A full list of all closures can be found below.

Loddon Mallee

Closure period commencing from 1st July 2021 and ending on 30th September 2021 inclusive.

Cobaw State Forest

Grampians

Closure period commencing from 11th June 2021 and ending on 31st August 2021 inclusive.

Wombat State Forest

Port Phillip

Closure period commencing from 13th June 2021 and ending on 31st August 2021 inclusive.

Pauls Range State Forest
Beenak State Forest
Yarra State Forest

Visit Parks Victoria to find out about park changed conditions and closures.


Upgrades, maintenance and project closures

Erica/Walhalla area (Gippsland)

Bruntons Bridge Campground
Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Walk

Noojee area (Gippsland)

Toorongo Falls Walk (partial closure along the link trail)
Ralph Cornwall Walk
Tanjil Bren Tramway Walk

Aberfeldy/Donnellys Creek area (Gippsland)

Toombon Historic Walk
Morning Star Walk
Store Point Walk
Hanging Rock Walk

*Campgrounds along Donnellys Creek are reopened however the Donnellys Creek Road remains closed between Jorgensons and White Star Track due to major damage:

  • to access Merringtons, Junction Hut, Jorgensons Hut enter from the west (Walhalla Rd) side
  • to access Little OTooles, OTooles Flat, Goonans Hut and Store Point enter from the east (Springs Rd) side.

MapShareVic

MapShareVic is an interactive platform that provides maps and information of current road and track closures on public land, including state forests and parks. The maps also provide information on planned closures (e.g. roads, tracks or sites to be closed for maintenance or repair works). The information for visitor site and walking/mountain bike trails closures are for state forests only.

The interactive maps that you can enlarge to view your area of interest and allows you to click on closed roads or sites for more detailed information on their closure. You can search by place name, site or road name and create and print a PDF closure report with maps and text.

For those planning a trip to State forests, selecting the More To Explore tab to find key information on State forest recreation visitor sites and tracks and any closures that apply to the road, track and visitor site network. This map is updated by regional staff who maintain the data and enter any closures that may apply.

Visit the MapShareVic Help page to help you get the most out of the maps.

MapShareVic

Planned Burns

Public access is not allowed within a planned burn or other fuel management work area, ancillary works associated with these areas or within the 'safety exclusion buffer zone'. The safety exclusion buffer zone is a 150 meter buffer around these areas. Our Joint Fuel Management Program outlines where planned burns and other fuel management activities are planned.

Road Conditions

Closures will not indicate all the tracks affected by the normal seasonal pattern of accessibility. The condition of forest tracks can be variable due to environmental factors. Tracks may be blocked by tree fall during winter, especially in remote areas with low traffic. After rain, crossings may become impassable or extremely slippery. Be aware of weather history and forecasts, and exercise greater care under these conditions.

The DELWP and Parks Victoria Road Management Plan (PDF, 3.0 MB) specifies how these public roads are maintained, and the Review Report (PDF, 507.6 KB) describes the most recent changes to this plan. A small number of roads have specific maintenance specifications to suit visitors and other users.

Bushfire Code Red days

State forests and parks will be closed when Code Red days are declared. The latest information or updates on Code Red days and closures can be found at Parks Victoria or Vic Emergency.

Further information about Code Red days:

Code Red park and forest closure fact sheet (PDF, 195.1 KB)

Code Red park and forest closure fact sheet (DOCX, 288.4 KB)

Page last updated: 20/07/21