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Cork Oaks Campground

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Cork Oaks Track, Mount Beckworth VIC 3363

Features

  • Free camping
  • Picnic tables
  • Wood fire barbecues
  • Toilets
  • Walking tracks
  • Rocks and trees for kids to climb
  • Dogs allowed on lead
Surrounded by rocky peaks, bushland and beautiful views, Cork Oaks is a fantastic free campground and picnic area in the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve. This is the perfect place to set up camp and explore the natural and historical features of Mount Beckworth.

The campground features picnic tables, wood fire barbecues, fire pits, toilets and plenty of room for tents, caravans and RVs.

The whole area is filled with rocks and trees for kids to climb. There is also a gully, a massive spectacular boulder, and plenty of beautiful hillside bushland to explore.

Dogs are permitted here if kept on a lead. 

Cork Oaks Campground is one of three campgrounds within the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve - the other two are Manna Gums and The Dam.

Parks Victoria provide lots of great information about the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve in their park notes/visitor guide

WALKS FROM CORK OAKS CAMPGROUND

Walking tracks take you to nearby attractions such as the summit of Mount Beckworth, a nearby mine site, a giant boulder, and the oval.

Mount Beckworth Summit Walk
  • Distance: 2.4 km return
  • Time: 2-3 hrs return (one sign says 2 hrs, another says 3 hrs)
  • Features along the way: giant boulder, historic mine site
Oval Walk
  • Distance: 2 km return
  • Time: 1 hr return

CAMPFIRES

Wood collection is permitted within the park for camp fires only. Collect only dead wood from the ground. 

This park has been assessed to have a high bushfire risk, and will be closed for public safety on days of Code Red Fire Danger Rating. 

vehicle ACCESS

Access via Fentons Road, then Mountain Creek Road, then follow signs to Cork Oaks once within the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve. Easy access by all vehicles in dry conditions. Access to the campground in wet conditions may be difficult or impossible for 2wd vehicles, caravans and RVs.

MT BECKWORTH SCENIC RESERVE

The following text is displayed on an information sign at Cork Oaks Campground, provided by Parks Victoria and Hepburn Shire Council.

Many natural treasures are protected for future generations in the island of bushland that is Mt Beckworth Scenic Reserve. The Mount's lone lollipop-shaped pine tree is on Victoria's Register of Significant Trees. 

1836

Around this time Major Mitchell passed through the area and named this granitic outcrop Mt. Beckwith - in honour of Sir Sidney Beckwith, a fellow officer in the 95th Regiment of Foot (Rifles) later known as Rifle Brigade. It became known as Mt. Beckworth after an 1859 Parish survey.

1918

A group of students from Glendaruel Primary School plant a stand of five Monterey pine trees on the summit. 

1945

All but one tree were cleared for the establishment of an aerial survey beacon, leaving the present local landmark known as the 'lollipop' tree - trimmed of its lower branches.

During World War 2 the lollipop tree was used as a beacon for trainees from the R.A.A.F. No. 1 Wireless Air Gunners School (WAGS) based at the Ballarat Airport. 

1962

Mt Beckworth is protected as a Scenic Reserve. Prior to this it was grazed, quarried and logged - a disaster due to their degrading effects on the Mount's fragile granitic soils. 

A haven for plants and animals

Spring wildflowers abound and more than 250 plant species are recorded here, including 35 orchid species. 

The very old gumtrees here remind us of an older forest long gone from the area. Trees and plants hold the Mount's delicate granite soil together. 

The open woodland, with its grassy understorey and logs also provides food and shelter for wildlife living here. Please do not pick wildflowers.

More than 100 bird species have been recorded here. Look for small finches, honeyeaters and larger parrots, falcons and eagles. Although not always easily seen many other animals live here also. Most are active at dawn, dusk and after dark.

Look and listen carefully during the day for kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas, while the cover of night brings out active possums, gliders and koalas. 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Take some time to get healthy; explore, enjoy and discover nature's treasures protected here.
  • Walking is a great way to discover the nature and breathtaking views of the Mount. Carry water, wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Camp for short stays at a number of camping sites with limited facilities. Bring your own drinking water and firewood.
  • Horse and mountain bike riding is welcome on any of the open, formed roads used for public access. 
Take a walk - Cork Oaks to Mt Beckworth

2 hrs return
Difficult steep section

Start from Cork Oaks and walk up Feldspar Track passing an old feldspar mine and many impressive granite features.

Continue on passing through huge old stringybark trees up this difficult steep section to finally arrive at the lone lollipop tree at the summit. 

Please do not drive, cycle or ride horses on walking tracks. 



DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.
 

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