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Muckleford Forest – Walking Tracks Map.


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 and between Maldon and Newstead.  Formally it is composed of the Maldon Historic Reserve, the Muckleford State Forest and the Muckleford Nature Conservation Reserve.

Muckleford North Sheet Muckleford South Sheet

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 200 metres, equivalent to an A3 map overlap of about 9 millimetres.


There are mine shafts within the Muckleford Forest.  Travellers should take care.

Muckleford Fault

The Muckleford Fault was responsible for the formation of the Muckleford Valley and runs along the eastern edge of the Muckleford Forest.  Brian Cuffley produced a comprehensive geological description, The Geology of the Muckleford Valley (PDF 7 Mb), of the fault and the neighbouring areas.  Brian Cuffley died on May 22 2020 – a loss to the geology discipline and the general community.

File formats and data

Each map sheet can be downloaded as a PDF file intended for printing at A3.  Information on the use of the other file formats available on the map sheets can be found in the Appendix panel of the header menu.

Community groups associated with the Muckleford Forest

CCM has received encouragement for the Muckleford Forest map from:

Connecting Country,
the Newstead Landcare Group,
the Muckleford Forest Friends Group,
Newstead Walks and Wheels, c/o Newstead 2011 and
the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests.

Resources accessed in the preparation of the Muckleford Forest map sheets

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:

Ern Perkins' 1994 Muckleford Forest field map,
DELWP Biodiversity Interactive Map (cadastre, road and track data to be developed),
Victorian Government Data search (contours, water courses) and
Google Earth (timber coverage).