Mount Clay State Forest is located close to Portland and provides for a range of recreation activities including camping, picknicking, walking and mountain bike tracks. Mount Clay is bordered by the Surry River on the western slope where bream fishing is popular.
This large historic saw mill site has plenty of shade with large camping areas dispersed amongst native forest. The site affords 2WD access and is popular for caravan and campervans. The site has partial disabled access and is suitable for larger groups.
From the picnic area, a loop track winds through the native forest to the south to Whalers Lookout where a fantastic view can be had across farmland to the Southern Ocean. The popular Mt Clay Mountain Bike track circuit is also accessed from this area. The trail network has been divided into sectors, and is accessible for a range of riding abilities.
At Narrawong turn north onto Boyers Rd follow the bitum all the way up the hill when bitum runs out about 500 metres on the left is the entrance to picnic area.
Fees are not charged and booking is not necessary, sites are available on a first come basis. Some camping areas may be crowded during peak holiday periods.
BBQs and toilets are found on site; however own drinking water must be supplied.
There are no facilities for rubbish collection so 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.
THINGS TO DO
In general Victoria’s state forests offer a wide variety of activities including Camping, 4WDing, Horse Riding, Picnicking, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Mountain Bike Riding, Scenic Drives, Dog Walking and Trail Bike Riding. More information about Things to do in this particular area will be coming soon.
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, use toilets where they are provided, take your rubbish home and don’t burn or bury rubbish.
Do not bury or dump litter in the forest.
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