The Deptford Camping and Picnic Area is located in the area that once was a small gold mining village situated on the Nicholson River. Access to camp site is on the other side of the Nicholson River and involves a potentially deep river crossing.

It is 34km north of Bairnsdale and approximately 300km east of Melbourne. There are opportunities for both day visitors and campers, with good access to the Nicholson River, plenty of spots for a picnic and a pleasant walk that meanders through the surrounding bush incorporating some of the local history along the way. This walk includes the site of the township cemetery, Baker’s Oven and Houghton’s Diversion Tunnel.

There is four-wheel drive access to the Deptford Picnic Area via the Deptford Road. The Deptford Road turns off to the left of the Great Alpine Road, approximately 7.7km from the Bairnsdale Post Office on the way to Bruthen. Follow the Deptford Road for 11.7km (passing through the Clifton Creek locality) to the State forest boundary. Continue into the State forest along the winding gravel road for another 14.3km.

The main camping area is located on the other side of the Nicholson River and access by vehicles involves a potentially deep river crossing.

The Deptford Picnic Area can also be accessed with two-wheel drives off the Great Alpine Road. Travel north along the Great Alpine Road from Bruthen for 2.7km and turn left onto Engineers Road. Follow Engineers Road for approximately 20.5km. The Deptford Road turns off Engineers Road to the left. Follow Deptford Road for approximately 4.8km to reach the main camping areas.

Fees are not charged and booking is not necessary, camping is on a first-come first-served basis and no bookings are required, but early arrival may be advisable during peak periods.

This is a basic bush camp, with some facilities, including a toilet available at the nearby picnic area.

If there are no facilities for rubbish collection you must take rubbish with you when you leave and ensure the area is clean for future campers. Do not bury or dump litter in the forest.

Many of the areas in this Forest are used by Trail Bike riders. They also provide excellent opportunities to base yourself in order to explore nearby towns and localities.

Only camp in an existing campsite rather than create a new one and camp at least 20 meters from any stream, lake or reservoir.
Do not dig trenches around tents.
Take your rubbish home. Do not bury or dump litter in the forest.
Where drop toilets are provided, please use them for their intended purposes. Do NOT use these toilets to empty chemical waste from cassette toilets or for the disposal of general waste.
Campfires are permitted, provided the following guidelines are observed:
The fire is in a fireplace or trench 30 cm deep. Please use existing fireplaces rather than create your own.
The fire is not more than 1 square metre and 3 metres around the fire is cleared.
The fire is not left unattended and is put out before you leave.
Collect only fallen wood for fires _ Cutting down trees or damaging standing vegetation is not permitted.
Fires of all types, including portable gas and liquid fuel stoves, are prohibited on days of TOTAL FIRE BAN
It is your responsibility to know if a TOTAL FIRE BAN is declared.
For up to date information about Fire Bans refer to
Be aware of your and your vehicle’s limitations. Most of our forest roads are dirt roads, many are four-wheel drive only (particularly after rain!) and are typically narrower than urban roads so always keep to the left.
With the exception of Murrindindi Scenic Reserve (east of Buxton) and Steavenson Falls Reserve (near Marysville), you may bring your dog into Victorian state forests, provided they are under your control at all times.

For more detailed information please visit the DELWP website via the link below.

FRC are still in the process of obtaining more information about this site and it will be updated as it comes to hand.

Data courtesy of: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Updated: 041217GR

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Deptford-Mt Sugarloa Road


-37.591885, 147.696608



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34.5 km North of Bairnsdale, VIC

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Toilets Available
At picnic area . . .
Pets Permitted
On Leash
4WD Drive Access Only
Track in Rough and . . .
Suitable for Tents
Or small off road . . .
Picnic Table Available


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