This is one of several camp sites located within the Rocklands and Grampians State Forest areas. These Forests offer visitors a tranquil woodland setting for recreation and relaxation. The forests follow the meandering arms of the Rocklands Reservoir and include the Rocklands Reservoir, Grampians State Forest and Claude Austin State Forest. The area is popular for a wide range of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, bush walking and nature study.
The Rocklands area is about 340 kms west of Melbourne. Travel through Ballarat, then take the Glenelg Highway to Hamilton and the Henty Highway from there. Cavendish is your starting point for exploring this area from the south. Horsham provides the northern access. Fergusons is situated on the eastern edge of Rocklands Reservoir. Vehicle access is off the Henty Highway at Woohlpooer via Gartons Road which heads west 10 klm into the site
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.
The sites are basic bushcamps, and some have toilet facilities. Where there is a creek nearby, Fresh water can be obtained from the creek however we suggest you boil any water for drinking.
Generators are permitted provided they do not disturb other visitors. Use them sparingly and consider others. During operating times the ground and airspace within 3 metres of the generator must be cleared of flammable material and someone in close attendance at all times. A minimum of 9 litres of water or a fire extinguisher must be on hand.
If there are no facilities for rubbish collection please take rubbish with you when you leave and ensure the area is clean for future campers.
THINGS TO DO
Rocklands Reservoir and other water bodies such as Toolondo Reservoir are popular fishing areas. Toolondo is famous for its fighting Brown Trout while Redfin predominate at Rocklands. The majority of fish, including trout, are taken by boat fishing around trees with bait such as worms, gudgeon and yabbies or by spinning in open waters.
Boat ramps are located at Rocklands wall, Hynes, Glendinning, Fergusons and Mountain Dam. Small boats can be launched around the shoreline. The area provides for excellent bush walking. A long walk commences at the Black Range Picnic Ground onto the top of the Black Range where excellent views can be obtained. The walk continues south along the range to Muirfoot Track. More adventurous walkers can choose to continue along Muirfoot Track to a walking track leading to Mount Byron or to return to the Picnic Ground.
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 www.emergency.vic.gov.au
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