Jackass Ferngully Campground

Last Updated Oct 2014 | Originally suggested by Peter

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One of the most attractive, green picnic and camping areas in the district.

Was in the middle of the Cobboboonee State Forest, now the Cobboboonee National Park

Shaded by Messmate Stringybark (E. obliqua) and surrounded by a dense understory of musk. The reasonably large clearing has short grass but most sites slope. Bird life prolific. Horse yard nearby. Pit toilets

Rating 4.2

The adjacent gully of the small Fitzroy River has an upperstory of Blackwood and Hazel Pomaderris with an understory of Paperbark, creepers, tree ferns, fishbone fern, madden hair fern and many others near the western edge of their range.

Kangaroos and emus are common in the surrounding forest.

Walkers avail themselves of numerous tracks, including the Great South West Walk, which passes through this camp from Portland to Nelson. Jackass Fern Gully Walk: 1k 0.5h return, easy, with viewing platform over ferns. Equestrians can explore the 60 km of trails that make up the Great Cobboboonee Horse Trail.

Facilities and activities at Jackass Ferngully

Number of sites:


Camping Fees:

From $11.70 per night (as of Oct 2014)


Bookings can be made over the phone or internet.

How to book:

For current prices and bookings visit

Parks Victoria Website booking system


Longdrop or composting


It is not known if pets are allowed at this campsite

Water Availability:

Non-potable water may be available. Boil all water for at least 10 minutes before drinking.

Camp fires:

It is not known if fires are allowed in this campground.


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

More Information


Location information for Jackass Ferngully


This site is accessable by caravans in good weather.

Getting there

Situated near the headwaters of the Fitzroy River, north-west of Heywood, north of Portland.

Access from Heywood: North-west 23k on the Princes Hwy [A1], left (east and south) 9k on the T & W Road, right (west) 200m on a signposted narrow access road (just before the Fitzroy Rv bridge).

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