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Manna Gum Track, Mount Beckworth VIC 3363

Features

  • Free camping
  • Picnic table
  • Fire pit
  • Wood fire barbecue
  • Bushwalking
  • Birdwatching
  • Rocks and logs for kids to climb
  • Dogs allowed on lead
The Manna Gums Campground lies in a peaceful bushland setting within the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve. The campsite features a picnic table, wood fire barbecue and fire pit.

A walking track takes you from the Manna Gums Campground to the summit of Mount Beckworth. 

Dogs are permitted here if kept on a lead. 

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

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

WALKS FROM MANNA GUMS CAMPGROUND

Mount Beckworth Summit Walk
  • Distance: 1.8 km
  • Starting point: Walking track behind Manna Gums Campground

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 sign to Manna Gums 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 over 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. 



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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