Two and a half hours drive from Melbourne, north of the town of Briagolong on the southern fall of the Great Dividing Range, lies the Briagolong State Forest. These forests have a rich history. The original inhabitants of the area were the Briakoloong people who utilised the vast forest resources for canoes, shelter, food, clothing and tool making. The early European explorers relied heavily on Koori guides during the exploration that was responsible for the opening up of the region. In the late 1800’s, these forests teemed with prospectors searching for that ever-elusive gold to bring them instant wealth. These days, the forests provides for a variety of activities including picnicking, camping, walking, swimming, sightseeing, and car touring.
The Freestone Creek area offers a variety of walks, ranging from five minutes to three days in duration are an excellent way to discover the many wonders of the forest. Walks are all marked and easy to follow.
The Briagolong State Forest comprises of mostly dry forest types. Common lower storey species of trees and shrubs include Common and Shiny Cassinia, Hop Bitter Pea, Common Heath, Snow Daisy Bush and Burgan. Briagolong State Forest supports a range of native animals, many of which are best viewed at night.
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