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One Eye State Forest

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Mia Mia-Derrinal Road, Heathcote VIC 3523

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Once a busy wood cutting and mining area, the One Eye State Forest is now a peaceful bushland area great for bushwalking, cycling, gold prospecting and birdwatching. 

Most old mine shafts have been filled in, but some remain uncovered throughout the forest so be careful if wandering off the track. You can learn more about the dangers of mine shafts here.

Sawpit Gully Gold Puddlers

The remnants of two puddling machines are located near Sawpit Dam (in the bushland between One Eye Road and Mud Hut Track). Along with the puddlers you can find dumps of washed gravels, patches of ground surfacing and old diggings. 

Puddling machines, or "puddlers" were pioneered on the Victorian goldfields in 1854. This technology was developed as an affordable way of processing gold-bearing clay on a large scale. Puddling machines are a very significant development in the history of Victorian gold mining, as they are the only technology or method developed entirely on the Victorian Goldfields.

Walking/cycling tracks in One Eye State Forest

  • Steve's Francis and Lacey Tracks: 5-6 km loop (about 2-3 hrs)
  • One Eye Road and Hill Track: 4-5 km loop (about 2 hrs)
A picnic table is located at the corner of Mia Mia-Derrinal Track and the O'Keefe Rail Trail.

Caring for the One Eye State Forest

Dogs are allowed in the One Eye State Forest if kept on a lead. All vehicles must be registered and driven only on formed roads. Drivers and riders must be licensed. 


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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