October 2022 flood emergency

Victoria is experiencing widespread flooding, affecting many communities across the state.

To stay safe, avoid travelling to forests and parks in these areas. This will also help keep our emergency services personnel safe. Remember that riverine flooding can impact areas several days or weeks after rain has stopped and wet grounds can make trees unstable.

We work hard to keep information up to date in a quickly changing emergency situation. It may not be safe for our field staff to access and assess some sites for many days. That means we may not have information about their condition for some time.

We will update our interactive map as this information comes to hand.

Extension of seasonal road closures

Due to the impact of recent severe weather including storms and flooding, and for the safety of the public and environment, a number of seasonal road closures due to end on 27 October have been extended. They include:

  • All seasonal road closures in the Otways district, which have been extended until 20 November
  • All seasonal road closures in the Grampians region, which have been extended until 28 November
  • All seasonal road closures in the Murrindindi district, which have been extended until 28 November
  • A handful of seasonal road closures in the Upper Murray and Yarra districts (refer to the map below)

No seasonal road closures have been extended in Gippsland or Loddon Mallee, but users are encouraged to take care as roads and tracks can be wet, muddy and slippery.

Before you travel

For closures of parks and roads managed by Parks Victoria, check the Parks Victoria website.

For general road closures, check the VicTraffic website.

For emergency information, including Information & Warnings, visit the VicEmergency website.

It is possible that there is flood and storm damage to some roads and visitor sites not listed as closed. You always need to be careful when using state forests and we've compiled some handy tips on the Explore Outdoors website and below.

When conditions allow, staff will assess and repair sites so that they can be safely opened to the public.

MapShareVic

MapShareVic is an interactive platform that provides maps and information on current road, track and visitor site closures in State forests. You can zoom in to your area of interest and click on closed roads or sites for more detailed information on their closure. You can also search by place name, site or road name.

This map is updated by regional staff who maintain the data and enter any closures that may apply. It may only show the roads and tracks affected by the normal seasonal closures and other known or planned closures. Unplanned closures are sometimes necessary for safety reasons. They may not be immediately visible in the MapShare platform.

Public Safety Zones

Public safety zones are areas where access to public land 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.

Loddon Mallee

Due to high Murray River levels and flooding:

  • Benwell State Forest- all tracks are closed
  • Guttrum State Forest- all tracks are closed
  • Gunbower State Forest- all tracks are closed
  • Murrayville-Nhill track - closed

Grampians

A Public Safety Zone is no longer in place in the Wombat State Forest, however, some areas remain closed due to storm damage and ongoing recovery works.

Please adhere to any localised closures for your safety and the safety of staff and contractors who are undertaking storm recovery work in the Wombat State Forest. Please be aware that heavy machinery will be operating while storm debris management and road repair works resume.

Read more information about:

Hume

A Public Safety Zone is currently in place to undertake the treatment of fire killed hazardous trees along Lady Talbot Drive, Marysville, and adjoining tracks and recreational reserves.

Read the Victoria Government Gazette which includes public land closure maps.

Stay safe on public land

Changing weather conditions can affect tracks, roads, river crossings and trees. Be careful even where closures are not in place.

Water levels and currents can increase quickly and without warning. Take care around rivers, creeks and lakes.

Never walk, ride or drive through flood water - it could be the last thing you do. Take extra care on the road to avoid hazards such as mud, debris, damaged roads and bridges. Don't play, swim or go recreational boating in flooded creeks and rivers.

Be careful around trees, especially when the ground is soaked and soft as that makes trees more likely to fall.

Call Victoria State Emergency Service on 132 500 from anywhere in Victoria for flood and storm emergency assistance. For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).

Road conditions

The condition of forest tracks can vary due to environmental factors. The MapShare interactive map platform may only show the roads and tracks on DELWP-managed land affected by the normal seasonal closures and other known or planned closures. Unplanned closures are sometimes necessary for safety reasons. They may not be immediately visible in the MapShare platform.

Falling trees, inclement weather, emergency response can all cause unplanned closures.

Visitors are strongly advised to be aware of weather history and forecasts, to be careful and follow the advice of emergency services.

Hazards can be reported by calling 136 186.

The DELWP and Parks Victoria Road Management Plan (PDF, 3.0 MB) specifies how the public roads are to be maintained.

Planned burns

Joint Fuel Management Program Public Safety Zone Declaration - 9 September 2022 to 31 August 2023 (PDF, 438.8 KB)

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.

To find out if any planned burns are happening near you, or to sign up for notifications, visit Planned Burns Victoria.

State forests and parks closures during planned burns

Catastrophic fire rating

All state forests and forest parks will be closed in weather districts where a Catastrophic fire danger rating day has been declared. To see what Fire Danger Rating applies to your location, visit the CFA website.

State forest and park closures during catastrophic fire rating days

Catastrophic fire rating park and forest closure fact sheet (PDF, 214.5 KB)

Catastrophic fire rating park and forest closure fact sheet (DOCX, 408.5 KB)

Page last updated: 31/10/22