Top State Forest Walks

The great way to get into bushwalking is to join one of the many bushwalking clubs in Victoria. The local knowledge and experience of the club environment enables those with less experience to explore new areas safely. Contact Bushwalking Victoria for more information.

There are numerous state forest walks for you to explore. Have a look at the list below. You will also find further important information at:

Visitor Guides for information sheets and trail maps (includes some GeoPDF trail maps optimised for mobiles)

View information on current and planned closures to roads, trails and visitor sites on our interactive Public Access Map

Before you go for safety information

WalkLocationDistanceDetails
Steavenson Falls walk 1.5 hour drive north east of Melbourne. Return 500m
30 minutes
Flat, well-formed track.Clearly signposted.  Suitable for wheelchairs. No experience required.

Marysville State Forest  (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Marysville State Forest  (DOCX, 24.1 KB)
Marysville State Forest GeoPDF map  - mobile friendly (PDF, 751.2 KB)
Wirrawilla walk 1.5 hour drive north east of Melbourne. Return 500m
30 minutes
Flat, well-formed track.
Clearly signposted.  
Suitable for wheelchairs.
No experience required.

Starting at the Wirrawilla carpark on Sylvia Creek Rd, Wirrawilla Walk is an easy and spectacular walk, winding through Cool Temperate Rainforest, in the headwaters of the Sylvia Creek.
The majority of the walk is via a boardwalk and is accessible by wheelchair.

Toolangi State Forest Walking Trails  (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Toolangi State Forest Walking Trails (DOC, 609.5 KB)
Beeripmo walk 1 hour drive west of Ballarat. Return 21km
overnight
Short steep hills.
Formed track, some obstacles.
Signposted.
Some bushwalking experience required.

Rewarding two day walk through tall eucalypt forest to open sub alpine vegetation. Walk features large granite boulders, raglan falls, extensive views across the western plains to the Grampians and steep tree fern lined gullies with tall eucalypts.
Mt Timbertop walk 30mins south east of Mansfield. Return 4.0km
2 hours
Very steep - formed track, some obstacles.
Limited signage.
Many steps.
Some bushwalking experience recommended.

This pretty, but steep walk will reward you with extensive views over the Mansfield valley. The walk begins at Timbertop Saddle located on Howqua Track and climbs to the summit. Allow time to enjoy the view sitting under the snow gums at the summit.

Walking Tracks around Mansfield (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Walking Tracks around Mansfield (DOC, 697.0 KB)
Toorongo falls via Amphitheatre Falls Walk 100km east of Melbourne. Return 2.2km
1 hour, 20 mins
Short steep hills - formed track.
Clearly signposted.
No experience required.

A beautiful walk through tall wet forest, this loop walk takes in the Amphitheatre Falls, the picturesque riverine environment along the Toorongo River and the Toorongo Falls.

Toorongo Falls Reserve  (PDF, 370.7 KB)
Toorongo Falls Reserve (DOC, 371.5 KB)
Whalers Lookout Walk 20km north east of Portland. Return 1.5km
20 mins
Flat, formed track.
Clearly signposted.
No experience required.

The Whalers Lookout walk leaves from the Sawpit Picnic Area in the Mt Clay State Forest. This easy return track provides a view of the southern ocean from Whaler’s Lookout.

Mount Clay & Annya State Forests  (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Mount Clay & Annya State Forests (DOC, 371.5 KB)

Take the family camping

There are over 250 camping areas located in state forests and spread across the state of Victoria.

Select from our Forest Notes information sheets for information and maps on where to camp.

Most state forest camping areas provide basic amenities, typically  non-flushing pit toilets (also known as ‘long-drops’) , fireplaces (wood-fired: wood not supplied) and the occasional picnic table.

Bush camping is all about being in the open air and bush surroundings.  We have some great locations available to you.

Some camping areas have nearby walking tracks to explore, but many provide camping only and are popular for those seeking a relaxed camp setting, perhaps with some fishing activity in the surrounding rivers and streams or exploring the forest road network by vehicle.

Where can I camp?

In state forests, please use designated camping areas when they are provided. Where formalised campsites are not provided, please observe the following:

  • Camp at least 20 metres from any stream, lake or reservoir.
  • Use toilets where they are provided. In areas without toilets, bury toilet waste at least 100 metres away from campsites and watercourses.
  • All native plants and animals are protected. Do not cut down or damage standing trees or vegetation.
  • Take your rubbish home.
  • Where possible, use a lightweight stove for cooking. If you must build a fire, please follow the fire regulations, be conservative in your use of fuel, and ensure your fire is completely out before you leave.