This is one of several camp sites within the Briagolong State Forest which is located two and a half hours drive from Melbourne, north of the town of Briagolong on the southern fall of the Great Dividing Range. These forests have a rich history. The original inhabitants of the area were the Briakoloong people who utilised the vast forest resources for canoes, shelter, food, clothing and tool making. The early European explorers relied heavily on Koori guides during the exploration that was responsible for the opening up of the region. In the late 1800’s, these forests teemed with prospectors searching for that ever elusive gold to bring them instant wealth.
From Melbourne Drive along the Princes Highway turning left, after Rosedale, at the Maffra exit. From Maffra Take the Maffra Briagolong Road out of Maffra to Briagolong. Continue through Briagolong along Freestone Creek Road.
Note: The Freestone Creek Road is a narrow 2WD gravel road and is not suitable for caravans; other tracks are best attempted with 4WD vehicles.
Fees are not charged and booking is not necessary, although the camping areas may be crowded during peak holiday periods.
Picnic spots are located throughout the forest with the Blue Pool as the centrepiece. Located on Freestone Creek this site provides interpretative facilities, barbeques, shelters, Freestone Creek toilets and walking tracks. The pool itself has formed at the bottom of narrow basalt gorge and provides a wonderful deep swimming hole during the warmer months. The creek can be accessed via a walking track starting from the car park. Other sites with basic facilities include the Froam, Lee Creek and Pretty Boy Hill Picnic Areas. McKinnons Point, Shady’s Place, Johnstons Flat, Lloyd Knob & Alistair Fieldings provide excellent camping areas with water available nearby. Blue Pool is the only site within the forest with a toilet. In areas without toilets, bury toilet waste in a 15 cm deep hole at least 100 metres away from campsites and watercourses.
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
These days, the forests provides for a variety of activities including picnicking, camping, walking, swimming, sightseeing, and car touring. The Forest has an abundance of fauna and wildlife and has many great walks including The Blue Pool Walking Tracks, Track 96, Lees Creek Walking Track (Alistair Fielding Memorial Track) and Granite Creek Walking Track.
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
Address & Contact
Freestone Creek Road
52.6 km North of Sale, VIC