Being so close to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the Bunyip state forest is a favorite spot for a day or long weekend trips with locals. Bunyip doesn’t have the iconic attributes like the endless ranges of the alpine state forest; the bush meets beach of the ottways. It does have a few cool things to explore.

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More than anything else, though, it’s a wicked playground for off-roading, bike riding and bushwalkers.

Accessing Bunyip:

bunyipmapThere are two ways to get to Bunyip.

  • Through the Yarra Valley:
    Heading down the Warburton Highway, you can enter bunyip via Kirth Kiln / Beenak or Powelltown.
  • Via the princess highway (Tynong)
    Through the prince’s highway past Pakenham then turn left at Tynong, and you’ll end up at Bunyip.

Bunyips not huge, so there’s no advantage to one over the other. The entry point is probably best selected more by which direction you are arriving from.

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Supplies

You’re not that far from everything you need. On the Yarra Valley side, Lilydale is the last big suburbia, but you’ll find larger supermarkets dotted down the Warburton Highway.

From the prices highway site, Packenham is a big township with everything you need, but also bunyip (the town not forest) will be enough for most.

Bunyip camping spots

Bunyip Camping

There’s more day tripping then weekending at Bunyip, and that’s probably why there there’s not a heap of camping options. You can find some scattered clear spots along the tracks. And the locals all have a few secret spots. Hit up some members of the local offroad clubs and they might help you out, but for something predictable you’ve got two main options.

Kirth Kiln Camping

Technically not in Bunyip, there’s some cleared spots around kirth Kiln. There you’ll find a little river and a kiln to check out. You could get a formula one car to the campsite, though, and there’s limited space. So on a long weekend (or a summer weekend) get there early or expect a crap spot. Lot’s of bikes, lot’s of offroaders, so there’s probably better places to do if you’re looking for seclusion.

Location

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Facilities (the important ones anyway)

  • Toilet (drop)
  • Running water (from the river)
  • Fires are allowed.
  • Pets are allowed here (but not in Bunyip)

Nash Creek Campground

There’s a few spots nice spots at Nash Creek, the only true assigned campground in Bunyip. It’s right in the middle of the forest. This seems on again/off again, but you might need to book and pay for a spot here. Check with Parks Victoria before you commit to this spot. But remember like Kirth Kiln, expect bikes, expect others, expect noise regardless if you book or pay otherwise.

Location:

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Facilities

  • Toilet (drop)
  • Running water (from the river)
  • Fires are allowed.
  • Not pets are allowed

Bunyip 4×4 tracks

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Tracks are bunyips most redeeming features, and there’s a real rabbit warren of places to explore. The area isn’t massive, so it’s a case of much head in, see a track you like the look of, head up it, and head back out once you’ve had enough. You’ll find mud, including high country clay. Ruts and hills and tracks for mild to wild. The locals will know the right spots at all time of the year as it can change. There’s also an every increasing instance of track closures which can be frustrating.

  • Andersons Track (-37.935871, 145.678452)
    Hardest track in Bunyip – by a mile. It’s passable with all terrains and no lift in the dry summer, add a bit of water to the mix and I’ve watched doubled locked, lifted patrols with 35inch + rubber struggle to get 100 meters up.
  • Little Bunyip Track (-37.934586, 145.672867)
    This can get a little challenging in the wet, but a fun track. If you’ve got road rubber, you might struggle, but one to check out if you are in the area.

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Some others to check out:

  • Robertson Creek Tk
  • Gentle Annie Tk
  • Tea Tree Tk
  • Bunyip Ridge Tk

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Please let me know if there are any more you discover that you’d like to include.

Other things check out while in the neighborhood.

As we mentioned in at the beginning, Bunyip is more playground than anything seriously awe-inspiring or historical. A quick stop and Kirth Kiln or even Four Brothers Rocks is worth a quick look. There are a few excellent picnic areas, but if you’re in a 4×4, you can stop where ever you like.

Local 4×4 club

4×4 Adventure Club (INC)

The Yarra Valley 4×4 club will know the Bunyip area well and are a decent size club.

Be sure to tell us about your trip in the comments.

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We’d love to hear about your recent trip. How tracks were, where you stayed and anything else that could interest the next person about to head int bunyip. And of course, if anything changes to what we experienced above.