Access and closures in State Forests
During the year, various State forest vehicle tracks, recreation sites and non – motorised recreational tracks (such as walking tracks and mountain bike tracks) may temporarily close (or partially close with access restrictions) to the public for a range of reasons, including:
- Post fire damage
- Post flood or storm damage
- Planned maintenance
- Planned seasonal road closures (usually from long weekend in June to end of October, but may be extended)
- on Gunbower Island some roads will be closed during winter and spring due to environmental watering
The Public Access Map is an interactive map that shows where known full and partial closures apply.
What Public Access Map does:
- Provides information on known State forest road, track and site closures
- Provides an interactive map that you can zoom in and out of to view your area of interest
- Lets you click on closed roads or sites for more detailed information about why they are closed
- Provides information on planned closures (roads, tracks or sites planned for future temporary closure due to maintenance or repair works)
- Enables you to search by place name, site or road name
- Lets you create and print out a PDF closure report with maps and text describing what roads, tracks and sites are closed or planned to be closed
- Provides seasonal road closure information (only) for parks and reserves managed by Parks Victoria
What Public Access Map does not do:
- It does not provide information on access into areas during active fire or flood events. 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 www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies
- Extensive planned burning of forest areas is often conducted by DEPI during spring and autumn. The associated short term track clsoures are not recorded in Public Access Map. Information regarding these closures is available from media releases, signage on the planned burns and road blocks on major tracks during burns. For information on the location and timing of planned burns visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/planned-burns
- It does not show normal seasonal variations in road access related to tree fall, slippery track conditions and road surface
- It does not contain road, track or site closure information for local councils, committee of management reserves, alpine resorts or VicRoads
- Note that while seasonal road closure information is provided for Parks Victoria managed parks and reserves, it does not contain any other road, track or 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 www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.
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, report the track name location, and nature of the closure via the Contact Us link at the top of this page.
Public Access Map is intended as a guide only and is updated by local district staff as the road network, picnic, camping, walking, and other facilities are gradually repaired, reopened or closed.
For more information contact the DEPI Customer Service Centre (ph: 136 186)