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

Throughout November and December 2021 DELWP hosted a community survey to gather information about how people value and use the Buckland Valley State Forest. Thank you for your contribution. We received 425 responses from over 2,400 views on this page.

This project is being funded by DELWP as part of the Victoria's Great Outdoors program focusing on giving people more opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery that regional Victoria has to offer.

What you have told us so far

An initial review of the feedback has identified that the natural values of the valley are important. Over half of the respondents visit the valley multiple time per year and stay with groups of friends in multiple tents or caravans. Free and remote camping are the key attractions followed by fishing, swimming, 4-wheel driving and bushwalking. 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.

Users identified crowding of campsites, people leaving rubbish and driving at speed on main roads, significantly detracts from the visitor experience and in some cases, raises safety concerns. Feedback also identified opportunities for greater connectivity of tracks and trails with existing points of interest including the Alpine National Park and the Buffalo Valley. Of particular interest is better-catering for horse riding, walking and bike riding away from main vehicle traffic areas.

Answers to each question have been summarised and can be viewed at https://engage.vic.gov.au/download_file/view/42278/4755

Next steps

  1. DELWP are currently developing the Draft Master Plan based on discussions with key stakeholders and the consultation feedback.
  2. In April you will have an opportunity to review the Draft Master Plan and provide comment to direct investment and prioritise delivery of activities to support your use and enjoyment of the area.
  3. In the meantime, 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
Ah Youngs Campground
Camp Flat Campground
Shippens Campground
Leinster Flat Campground
Good Hope Flat Campground
Headrace Flat Campground
The Bend Campground
Beverage Station

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