Mount Cole State Forest

Mount Cole State Forest has reopened after recent bushfires however some roads remain closed. DEECA have assessed all of the campsites and picnic areas in the Mt Cole State Forest and most are now safe to visit. For more information visit: https://ffm.vic.gov.au/forest-and-road-closures 

Mount Cole is a great place to getaway from it all. Camp the night at one of the many campgrounds in the parks and stroll after dark to spotlight the forest night life.

Mt Cole State Forest is located one hours drive west of Ballarat, just off the Western Highway, 25 kilometres from the township of Beaufort and marks the gateway to the Grampians.

There are picnic and camping facilities throughout the Mt Cole State Forest catering for both large and small groups. There are six different sites – Ditchfields, Chinamans, Mugwamp, Richards, Smith’s Bridge and Beeripmo. These sites provide an ideal base for all activities, e.g., walking, horse riding, etc. Most sites provide picnic facilities, toilets, shelters and fireplaces/pits. Availability for camping is on a first come basis. There is no charge for camping in the area

Walk through cool fern gullies and alpine plateaus then rest to take in the views across the spreading plains to Langi Ghiran and the Grampians. Whatever your choice, the Park’s timeless charm and unspoiled natural beauty will remain with you forever.

Recommended walks:

Beeripmo Walk – CLOSED
Mount Cole and Mount Buangor
Distance 21 km 11 hours 2 day return (moderate) Starting at Richards campground, the most recent walk at Mt Cole is a journey of discovery for the novice and experienced hiker. Walkers can experience a variety of different forest environments from lush forests with ferns, falls with a gentle sound of running water, the brilliant green of the moss covered rocks, weather beaten rocky outcrops and magnificent vistas of the tablelands below and surrounding mountain ranges.

Middle Creek to Ferntree Falls Return
Mount Buangor
Distance 7.2 km 3 hours (easy)
Starting at the Middle Creek Campground Shelter, head along the track marked Waterfalls Nature walk). There are some steep sections but steps and handrails are provided to take you on a circuit walk of the falls..

Richards, Raglan Falls Hutchings Track Loop
Mount Cole
Distance 8.25km 3 hours (moderate)
Starting at Richards Campground, a steep walk uphill via the Raglan Falls with steep mainly downhill return. This walk provides great views over the Raglan area. Paradise Walk
Mount Cole
9km, 304 hours (moderate)
Starting at Richards Campground, walk on foot tracks through ferny glades, across the Fiery Creek and over board walks in the Mt. Cole State Forest. Some steep sections but great views. Walking poles are recommended.

Download map of Mount Cole and Mount Buangor Parks

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