Sawpit Campground

Last Updated Feb 2015 | Originally suggested by Peter

Sawpit has toilets There are bbqs available at Sawpit There are picnic tables available at Sawpit There are areas available in Sawpit for horse riding Pets allowed in Sawpit

Two large circuits surround grassed parks located on a wide, gravelly, forested ridge.

Reasonable shade provided by mature Stringybark - Messmate and Brown - with an understory of wattles.

Pleasant in spring, dry brown by late summer. BBQs and tables are remote from generally small, short, level parking bays.

Rated 4.1/5

To the west the volcanic strata is covered by windblown acidic sand, promoting rich heathland, at its best in spring.

Kangaroo, wallaby and echidna are common, as are emu, wedge-tailed eagle, blue wren, willie wagtail and kookaburra.

The site of the districts first sawn timber, the hand sawpit has been preserved and signposted.

An easy 15 minute walk through Messmate leads to the edge of the ridge and Whalers Lookout for views over Portland Bay (and whales).

Volcanic Mount Clay (189m) is located to the east, about 5.5k (by road) off Tower Rd. The commercialized beach and riverside camping reserve at Narrawong has an endless supply of hot water (artesian).

Heywood (03) 5527 1302

Facilities and activities at Sawpit

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This is a free camping area.

How to book:

First in best dressed


Longdrop or composting


Pets are allowed with conditions

Water Availability:

No water available at this campsite

Camp fires:

No fires are permitted at this camp ground.


Wood barbeques are available. Bring firewood and check firebans.


There are no known swimming spots at this campsite.


There is no fishing at or near this campsite.

Picnic Tables:


Horse Riding:


Canoeing / Kayaking:

There is no canoeing or kayaking at or near this campsite

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Location information for Sawpit


This site is accessable by caravans in good weather.

Getting there

Situated in Mt Clay State Forest on a broad forested ridge top nor-east of Portland, south-east of Haywood.

Access from Portland: North-east 19k on Henty Hwy [A1] and Princes Hwy [A1] almost to Narrawong, after crossing the Surry River (left) north 2.7k up the Boyers Rd (0.2k gravel), signposted access road on the left (0.2k).

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