The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have developed a strategic master plan to guide recreation investment in the Buckland Valley State Forest, North East Victoria. The development process supported Taungurung Traditional Owner rights and aspirations for the Buckland Valley and the master plan responds to community and land manager feedback to support a diverse recreation offer, increased amenity, access and enjoyment of the Buckland Valley State Forest.

This project is funded by Victoria's Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million investment in better walking trails,  4WD tracks, campgrounds and visitor facilities, boosting regional tourism and making it easier for Victorians to enjoy nature. 

What you have told us

Throughout online consultation periods in 2020 and 2021, DELWP hosted community surveys to find out how people value and use the Buckland Valley State Forest and sought specific feedback on the draft plan. We received more than 500 responses highlighting how popular and special the Buckland Valley is.

The feedback identified the natural values of the valley are important. While access to facilities such as toilets and signage do support the visitor experience, respondents suggested that infrastructure should not interfere with the sense of peace, freedom and remoteness of the campgrounds. Feedback also identified opportunities for greater connectivity of tracks and trails with existing points of interest, in particular better catering for horse riding, walking and bike riding away from main vehicle traffic areas.

The Buckland Valley State Forest Recreation master plan is complete. If you would like a hard copy please contact the project team by emailing buckland.valley@delwp.vic.gov.au

Next steps

With the master plan complete DELWP are working through detailed design, planning and approvals to support the delivery of elements of the plan.

If you would like to know more about the project you can contact the project team by emailing buckland.valley@delwp.vic.gov.au

Formal campgrounds in the Buckland Valley

These campgrounds have facilities to support visitation including river access, toilets, bbq fire pits and tables.

Map identifying the formal campgrounds in the Buckland Valley State Forest

Privacy Collection Statement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide will be used to assist DELWP staff to determine the community use and interest in the Buckland Valley State Forest and surrounding area. This community input forms part of the process of the Department preparing the Buckland Valley Masterplan

Your contact details may be used by the Department or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements to survey you about your experience with the Department.

If all requested information is not received, the Department will be unable to provide updates on the status of the Buckland Valley Masterplan process

You may access the information you have provided to the Department by contacting Neil Wilson, Forest Management and Roading Officer - Ovens District on 136 186.

Further details on how we protect your private information can be found in the DELWP Privacy Policy