Holey Plains State Park
Change of conditionsAdd change of condition
- Holey Plains State Park is closed until further notice due to fire. For latest information on fires go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au at Holey Plains State Park, Friday 4 January, 2019
Holey Plains State Park protects a high diversity of native flora and abundant wildlife, while providing for activities such as bushwalking, picnicking and camping. This park is home to banksia and eucalypt open-forest and woodlands growing in a series of low sandy ridges.
The park is situated south of the Princes Highway between Rosedale and Sale. The main access route is from Rosedale, via the Willung Rosedale Road, turning onto Rosedale-Stradbroke Road. A network of sandy roads and tracks provide access within the park. Visitors should note that pine plantations in the area are private property.
Things to see and do
There are many things to see and do at Holey Plains Park including picnicking in tranquil surroundings, walking along forest tracks and enjoying scenic views.
This is the highest point in the park standing at 218m, offering beautiful views of the landscape. This is the perfect location to relax, have a picnic and set up a tent in the camping area. There are toilet facilities, picnic tables and a campsite here.
Enjoy the surrounds of Merriman Creek with a relaxing picnic or barbecue. There are picnic tables and fireplaces provided, however please note that there are no toilet facilities at this location.
Enjoy the landscape of Harrier Swamp by taking the short walking track (1km, 20 minutes) around the swamp, which gives visitors the opportunity to listen to frogs and observe life in the swamp. There are camping and picnic facilities at Harrier Swamp which can be accessed from Long Ridge Track, an unsealed road.
Clear Water Lake
Clear Water Lake offers a tranquil location to enjoy a walk around the lake. No facilities are provided.
Banksia Forest Walking Track (1km, 20 minutes)
This track begins near the picnic area at Holey Hill and leads around the northern slopes of the hill. This track offers visitors a spectacular view of the park.
Long Swamp Walking Track (3.2km, 1.5 hours return)
This tracks commences at the fire tower on Holey Hill and leads to the largest swamp in the park, Long Swamp.
There are scenic drives that can be taken through the park. One such drive follows the grasstree-lined Jacks Track, South Boundary Track and Merriman Creek. Another interesting route follows the West Boundary, Long Ridge and Wildflower Tracks. Most tracks are narrow and winding, please drive slowly and use only sign posted tracks.
Camping areas are provided at Holey Hill and Harrier Swamp. Fires should only be lit in the fireplaces provided in the adjacent picnic areas.
Holey Hill camping area can be accessed via Holey Hill Track from Stradbroke Road. Harrier Swamp campsite can be accessed from Rosedale – Stradbroke Road, turning onto Banksia Trak and Long Ridge Trak.
There is no booking required for these sites. Therefore, camping is on a first in, first-served basis.
All campsites are suitable for tents that accommodate up to six people and one vehicle. Please note that all campsites are unpowered.
Non-flush toilets are provided at Holey Plains and Harrier Swamp.
There is no drinking water available. Be self-sufficient and carry your own water into the park.
There are picnic facilities including toilets and fireplaces provided at Holey Hill and Harrier Swamp. There is a picnic area and fireplace at Merriman Creek, however there is no toilet provided at this location.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Gunai/Kurnai identify the Holey Plains State Park as their Traditional Country. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria