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, campgrounds and tracks are now closed. A full list of all closures can be found below.

State forest and reserve closures

Gippsland

The period commencing from 19 June 2021 and ending on 2 July 2021 inclusive.

Aberfeldy / Nambruc State Forest
Alberton West State Forest
Allambee State Forest
Barkly River State Forest
Binginwarri State Forest
Brataualung Forest Park
Budgeree State Forest
Callignee State Forest
Gelliondale State Forest
Greenmount State Forest
Gunyah Rainforest Reserve
Jeeralang North State Forest
Mullungdung State Forest
Strzelecki State Forest Albert Block
Strzelecki State Forest Baromi Block
Strzelecki State Forest Boolarra Block
Strzelecki State Forest Darlimurla Block
Strzelecki State Forest Devon North Block
Strzelecki State Forest Jack Block
Strzelecki State Forest Jack River Block
Strzelecki State Forest Jeeralang Block
Strzelecki State Forest Jumbuk Block
Strzelecki State Forest Koornalla Block
Strzelecki State Forest Livingston Block
Strzelecki State Forest Macks Creek Block
Strzelecki State Forest Mays Bush Block
Strzelecki State Forest Middle Creek Block
Strzelecki State Forest Mount Tassie Block
Strzelecki State Forest Toora Block
Strzelecki State Forest Woorarra Block
Strzelecki State Forest Yinnar Block
Tanjil State Forest (Areas west of Tanjil River East Branch, south of Mt Baw Baw Tourist Rd, and north of Rowleys Ridge Rd)
Upper Goulburn State Forest (Areas within the Forest Fire Management Victoria Macalister District – south of Mt Skene & Snake Ck, east of Goulburn River & Champion Spur Tk)
Won Wron State Forest

Bruntons Bridge Campground
Cheynes Bridge Campground
Coopers Creek Campgrounds & Day Visitor Areas
Erica Mountain Bike Park
Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Walking Track
Huggetts Crossing Campground
Loch Valley Tramway Walk
Steel Bridge Walking Track
Wirilda Walking Track
Wombat Crossing Campgrounds

Loddon Mallee

The period commencing from 11th June 2021 and ending on 30th June 2021 inclusive.

Cobaw State Forest

Grampians

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

Wombat State Forest

Port Phillip

The 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.

Other closures in State Forests

During the year, various state forest vehicle tracks, bike tracks, walking tracks and recreation sites may temporarily close (or partially close with access restrictions) to the public for a range of reasons. These may include:

  • Fire damage
  • Flood or storm damage
  • Planned maintenance
  • Planned seasonal road closures (usually from June to November)
  • Environmental watering (ie. On Gunbower Island some roads will be closed during winter and spring)

MapShareVic

MapShareVic is an interactive map with map layers (or themes) that can be selected to show public land, its road network and other information of interest. For those planning a trip to State forests, selecting the More To Explore theme will display 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.

The link to the MapShareVic site is below. Before you jump to the site, you may wish to view the se MapShareVic Help page which explain how to use some of the key functions, to help you get the most out of the maps.

MapShareVic

What MapShareVic does:

  • The maps provide information on known road closures (including seasonal road closures) for both state forests and national/state parks. The information for visitor site and walking/mountain bike trails closures are for state forests only.
  • It provides 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. The maps also provide information on planned closures (e.g. roads, tracks or sites to be closed for maintenance or repair works) and you can search by place name, site or road name and create and print a PDF closure report with maps and text.

You can also see road closures within the More to Explore theme (which displays the State forest visitor site and trail information) but make sure the Public Access boc (under layers) is ticked, to make this road closure data visible.

What MapShareVic does not do:

  • MapShareVic does not provide information on access into areas during active fire or flood events. Please do not use this site to plan access into affected areas during active fire or flood events.
  • For up to date information on current fires and related emergency warnings, visit VicEmergency.
  • It does not provide information on planned burning of forest areas, often conducted during spring and autumn.
  • Information on the location and timing of planned burns can be found here. Information is also provided to the public via media releases, signage on the planned burns and roadblocks on major tracks during burns.
  • The maps do not show normal seasonal variations in road access related to tree fall, slippery track conditions and road surface nor do they contain road, track or site closure information for local councils, committee of management reserves, alpine resorts or VicRoads.
  • While seasonal road closure information is provided for Parks Victoria managed parks and reserves, it does not contain any other road, track or visitor site closure information.

For information on other types of closures (and additional information on seasonal road closures) on land managed by Parks Victoria please contact the Parks Victoria Information Centre (Ph: 13 1963) or visit their website.

Road conditions

The stated closures will not indicate all the tracks affected by the normal seasonal pattern of accessibility.

The condition of forest tracks is 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 and many tracks can become extremely slippery and difficult to negotiate safely.  Be aware of weather history and forecasts, and exercise greater care under these conditions.

How to report a track closure

If you find a major track closure (not just some trees across the road) such as a washed out crossing, land slip or major tree fall event, please report the track name, location, and nature of the closure please contact us.

Our Road Management Plan

Most roads in State forest are maintained to a standard based on land management needs, however a small number of roads have specific maintenance specifications to suit visitors and other users.  The DELWP and Parks Victoria Road Management Plan (PDF, 3.0 MB) specifies how these public roads will be maintained, and the Review Report (PDF, 507.6 KB) describes the most recent changes to this plan.

Page last updated: 21/06/21