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Thank you for interest in this project.

Please see the Engagement Summary (What we heard) document (above) if you are interested in what people told us.


We are upgrading the Sawpit Campground and Whalers Lookout Walk on Gunditj Mara Country near Narrawong and Portland.

This popular campground and day visitor area in Mount Clay State Forest attracts around 90,000 visitors each year. With access to Whalers Lookout Walk and the Mount Clay mountain bike tracks, the site offers a variety of recreational activities and is also a convenient stop for travellers heading to the South Australian border.

We will be improving the layout of the site and upgrading facilities to attract more day visitors, and to accommodate more visitors in the busy holiday periods.

Forest Fire Management Victoria campsite regulations mean there are some features which cannot be changed by this consultation. These include:

  • rubbish is not collected
  • camping facilities are available and free
  • walking tracks are free.

This campground and day visitor area is being upgraded as part of 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.

How to participate

To help us improve the area and the experience of visitors, we would like your input on the:

  • site layout, including the redesign and reconfiguration of campsites
  • number of fire pits, toilet facilities, picnic tables
  • upgrades to Whalers Lookout Walking track
  • tracks and trails associated with the campground
  • location of the historic cart.

Next steps

Your responses to the survey will be collated and incorporated into the brief for the consultant designer and project team.

Sawpit Campground and Whalers lookout photos

Privacy collection notice

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 Sawpit Campground, Whalers lookout and walk / Dando’s Campground. This community input forms part of the process of the Department preparing for the upgrades of Sawpit Campground, Whalers lookout and walk / Dando’s Campground area

You may access the information you have provided to the Department by contacting Evan Lewis on 136 186.

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