The area known informally as the Muckleford Forest, stretches some 13 kilometres north to south and 7 kilometres east to west. It is located in Central Victoria, Australia, west of Castlemaine. Formally it is composed of the Maldon Historic Reserve, the Muckleford State Forest and the Muckleford Nature Conservation Reserve.
CCM provides a topographical map in two sheets that cover the bulk of the forest. Each map sheet has its own webpage and can be accessed by clicking on the image on the right or expanding the Muckleford menu item. The map sheets align north-south with an on the ground overlap of about 60 metres, equivalent to a map overlap of a few millimetres.
There are mine shafts within the Muckleford Forest. Travellers should take care.
The Muckleford Fault was responsible for the formation of the Muckleford Valley and runs along the eastern edge of the Muckleford Forest. Brian Cuffley has produced a comprehensive geological description, The Geology of the Muckleford Valley (PDF 7 Mb), of the fault and the neighbouring areas.
HardcopyEach map sheet can be downloaded as a PDF file intended for printing at A3.
Google Earth and map capable GPS unitsEach sheet is available as a KMZ file. The KMZ files will open in in Google Earth. The opacity control in the Google Earth sidebar can be used to see how the map features correspond with the Google Earth image. The KMZ files can also be loaded into Garmin and perhaps other brands of GPS units with map display capabilities.
Points of Interest or WaypointsPoints of interest, POI, also known as waypoints identify salient points within the map for navigation or interest. The POIs are provided in two file formats: GPX which is suitable for loading into Google Earth or GPS units, and as a PDF suitable for printing as a hardcopy. The hardcopy may prove a useful supplement to the digital file as the POI descriptions are more readily accessed.
Further information on the use of KMZ and GPX files with Google Earth and GPS units can be found at this resource page of the MapToGround website.
CCM has received encouragement for the Muckleford Forest map from:
The principal resource is simply boot leather; if a road or track within the formal forests is indicated on a CCM map then CCM has walked it. (With the exception perhaps of the full length of Pullans Rd.) Dams within the formal forests have been individually mapped. Data for dams in non-public areas have been drawn from other DELWP sources. Other resources that have been used in the construction of the map sheets are:
A map is a graphical representation of a geographical actuality. However, though some maps are more representative than others, no map is absolutely correct. The maps on this site are not exempt from this rule.