Erica, Rawson and Walhalla are in the West and South Gippsland fire district. Melbourne is in the Central fire district and may have different restrictions or warnings, so use the information sources below to check for LOCAL updates.
FIRES do happen in the bush, but most often they are a safe distance away, so still come and enjoy our mountains and rivers.
But if there seems to be new smoke in the air, call 1800 240 667 (Bushfire Information Line) to report it and be ready to move to a safer place. Not sure? Use the information sources below to check if the area you wish to visit might be effected.
IF YOU ARE CAMPING, you MUST double-drown your camp fire with WATER before you leave. Covering with soil does NOT prevent re-ignition. There are very serious penalties, including imprisonment, for leaving a fire unattended or not properly extinguished.
TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS:
For information about Total Fire Ban days and warnings which may effect this area click here: Fire Ban Days
ABC Gippsland radio on 100.7 FM or 828 AM for Gippsland updates. Remember, your favourite Melbourne radio station is in a different Fire District and may not be broadcasting the LOCAL information you need.
000 to report a fire that you can see that may not already have been reported
1800 240 667 (Bushfire Information Line) for information about
- smoke you can see and to check whether that fire has already been reported
- which days are Total Fire Ban days
- what restrictions apply to campfires, BBQs, welding and use of machinery etc.
- VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- VicEmergency Facebook
- VicEmergency Twitter
- VicEmergency Hotline
- Install the VicEmergency app on your computer, laptop or mobile device
Our local fire heroes are the crews from:
Baw Baw Shire (including Erica, Rawson, Walhalla) and Latrobe City (including Moe, Morwell, Traralgon) are in the West and South Gippsland fire district.
TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS
Total Fire Bans are declared by CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and be difficult to control. The penalties for lighting fires illegally during the Fire Danger Period and on Total Fire Ban Days include large fines and possible imprisonment.
Note: on Total Fire Ban Days all camp fires, including fires for cooking or warmth or personal comfort, and solid or liquid fuel BBQs or ovens, are banned.
For more information about current restrictions click here: CFA warnings & restrictions information
To download the latest brochure, click here: CFA can I or can’t I brochure
CALL 000 only for real emergencies . If calling from a mobile, you may be asked for your location before being connected to a call centre. Our nearest large towns are Moe, Morwell and Traralgon, all about 35 km to the South of Erica and Rawson. The call-taker will connect you to the service(s) you need.
For less urgent Police assistance, without the lights and sirens, call 131444.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group, 41 Landsborough St Warragul – 5623 0611
Latrobe Regional Hospital, 10 Village Ave, Traralgon West – 5173 8000
Rawson Community Health Centre, 1 Lehmann Ct, Rawson (8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Tue, Wed, Fri only) – 5165 3236
If it’s less urgent:
Ambulance – 1800 875 137 (Call 000 if urgent)
Doctors (Moe After Hours Medical Service), 42 Fowler St, Moe – 1800 242 696
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Lifeline – 131 114
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Nurse on call – 1300 606 024
Poisons Hotline – 131 126
SAFETY AND SERVICES
Police (Rawson) – 5165 3444
Police, less urgent (without Lights and Sirens) – 131444.
Crimestoppers – 1800 333 000
VicEmergency – 1800 226 226
Baw Baw Shire – 5624 2411
Power Lines (SP Ausnet) – 131 799
SES – 132 500
Bushfire Information Line – 1800 240 667
Burn-off Notification – 1800 668 511
VicRoads – 131 170
Gippsland Water – 1800 057 057
Assaggio del Forno Café,
40 Coopers Creek Rd (off Tyers-Rawson Rd)
Coopers Creek, Vic 3825.
03 5165 3359
Wood fired pizza and Italian cuisine. Great coffee.
Seasonal. Open Sundays and most long weekends. Group bookings welcome.
Erica Café and Bar,
2 Henty St, Erica 3825.
0410 709 724 facebook
Take-aways available. Booking advisable. Closed Mon and Tues.
Serves an All Day Menu until 5pm and then a Dinner Menu. Devonshire Tea served all day.
And the small motorsport lounge near the back door is a great spot for a quiet beer. 1914 is the home of ‘Bikes R Back’ Good Friday Appeal.
Erica General Store, Bakery and Post Office
School Rd (main road), Erica 3825.
03 5165 3209
Post Office, Bakery and general store. Fast food, eat-in or take-away. All-day breakfast and most of your favourite snacks are on the menu. Bread and award winning pies etc are baked on the premises.
Erica Hotel Motor Inn,
8 School Rd (main road), Erica 3825.
03 5165 3252 facebook
Fully Licenced. Take-aways available. Motel Units attached.
Dining room closed for lunch Mon and Tues.
Home of the Hot Rock meal.
The large dining room contains a great collection of chainsaws and timber industry pubobilia in its Bushman’s Museum – including a chainsaw made of wood and many other interesting curiosities.
Rawson Mini-mart, Bottle Shop and Post Office,
1 Murie St, Rawson 3825
03 5165 3311
Fast food, eat-in or take-away. Post Office, groceries, frozen food and camping needs. Bottle shop with Beer, Spirits and Wines.
Rawson Stockyard Bar and Bistro
Depot Road, Rawson 3825
Phone 03 5165 3111 https://rawsonstockyard.com.au/
Open Friday Dinner to Sunday Lunch. Eat-in, or
call for take-away and delivery information.
Large Outback-Themed venue located in the Rawson Caravan Park – enjoy a meal and walk back to your cabin or campsite. Seats 180, ideal for functions.
120 Main Rd, (in the Corner Store building)
03 5165 6220
Little Café, personal service, great for a quiet coffee and snack break. Vegetarian and Vegan options. Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch.
The Greyhorse Cafe
100a Main Rd, (Opposite Band Rotunda), Walhalla 3825.
03 5165 6293
Quick bites and to-die-for coffee or tea. Dine inside, or out on the garden deck. Gluten free options. Ample parking makes the Greyhorse Café the perfect place to start or end your wander around Walhalla.
Walhalla General Store and Miners Cafe
Main Rd, Walhalla 3825.
03 5165 6227
Indoor and outdoor dining. Licensed. Open most Wednesdays and weekends.
Walhalla Lodge Hotel (The Wally Pub)
Main Rd, Walhalla 3825.
03 5165 6226
Award winners. Big country meals, vegetarian friendly. Enjoy log fire comfort in winter, or dine outdoors and let the birds sing to you in summer. Walhalla’s last public bar. Closed Mondays, except long weekends. No accommodation.
Walhalla’s Olde Lolly Shoppe
120 Main Rd, Walhalla 3825.
0413 589 252
Open Wed, Sat, Sun and school or public holidays. Also for school groups by appointment. Huge range of confectionery, soft drinks, ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate and mementos. Pop in for a chat and meet the friendly birds!
- The General Stores in Erica and Rawson offer a range of baked, canned and frozen foods, as well as take-away snacks. Each also stocks a limited range of camping necessities, household essentials, maps and other needs. The Erica General Store bakes bread on Sunday and has award winning pies available most days.
- LPG Swap and Go cylinders are available at the General Stores in Erica and Rawson. For home delivery of large cylinders contact Erica Caravan Park on 0400 999 236.
- Alcohol is available from the Rawson Mini-mart and the hotels in Erica, Rawson and Walhalla.
- Supermarkets – Moe, Morwell and Traralgon all have Aldi, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.
- Chain, Toboggan and Ski hire
- Chains, clothing, skis, snow boards, snow shoes, toboggans etc are all available from Erica Ski Hire, 5 School Rd, Erica 3825. Call 03 5165 3353 to book, or visit ericaskihire.com.au/#bookings
- Note: during the ‘Declared Snow Season’, wheel chains MUST be carried when driving to Mt Baw Baw and Mt St Gwinnear. Penalties apply. If fitting chains becomes necessary, signs and/or Authorized Officers will indicate when and where this can be safely achieved.
A page for information about places to stay. Meantime….
+Walhalla’s Star Hotel 0436 462 462
For other Walhalla options: www.walhallaaccommodation.com.au.
+ Erica Caravan Park 03 5165 3315
+ Erica Hotel Motor Inn 03 5165 3252
+ Mountain Rivers Tourist Park 03 5165 3231
+ Rawson Caravan Park 03 5165 3439
Dump Point and potable water.
RV Dump Point, 1a Pinnacle Drive, Rawson 3825,
next Rawson Police Station.
Lat: -37.956130, Lon: 146.397130
Camping and Caravan Parks
Chinese Gardens Camping, Main Rd, Walhalla 3825.
03 5165 6250
Erica Caravan Park, Station St, Erica 3825
03 5165 3315
Campsites, RV, Cabins.
Mountain Rivers Tourist Park, 11 Depot Rd, Rawson 3825
03 5165 3231
Campsites, RV, Cabins.
Rawson Caravan Park, Depot Rd, Rawson 3825
03 5165 3439
Campsites, RV, Cabins.
Free Camping Areas – limited or no facilities
North Gardens camping area, Main Rd, Walhalla 3825
Coopers Creek Recreation Reserve, Coopers Creek Track,
Aberfeldy River Camping Area
Thomson Bridge, near Thomson Station
For more options click here > Findacamp
A space for information about services, trades and local facilities…..
Erica – Mill Park. Old saw-mill site. Easiest entry off Henty St. Birds, native and exotic vegetation, some hilly pathways, picnic shelter.
Rawson – Crater Lake. Level gravel track, birds, native vegetation, picnic shelter and toilet. Parking beside picnic shelter BBQ south of school. Or access via pathway behind Community Health Centre.
Walhalla is a walkers paradise. Flat and easy on sealed roads in the valley bottom. Great views for the fitter folk from the higher tracks. Buildings that have been there forever and some that pretend. Places to take a break and enjoy a cuppa or coffee, but some only open Wednesdays and weekends. Toilets and BBQs.
Drives and Rides
Mt Erica and Mt St Gwinnear car parks. Unsealed roads, but suitable for 2wd vehicles. Chains must be carried during Declared Snow Season, but can be hired from Erica Ski Hire. Walking tracks, very different destinations when you get to the end of the road.
Thomson Dam. Sealed road. Take a break at the nearby Silvertop recreation area which has shelters, BBQs and toilets..
Blue Rock Dam. Sealed Road, picnic facilities
Moondarra State Park. Sealed Road. Picnic, lake views.
Walhalla. Sealed Road, picnic areas, BBQs, history preserved, coffee, museum, mine, Lolly Shoppe, lots to see! Catch the train from Thomson and enjoy your walk into the town.
Walhalla Goldfields Railway. Runs Wednesday, weekends and holidays. Enjoy one of the worlds great rail experiences as the train winds its way along the sides of Stringers Creek.
Tyers Gorge. Short bush drive and a very short walk leads to spectacular elevated views. See the river far below.
Tyers Lookout. On Rawson-Tyers Rd just before descent to Tyers. Spectacular views of Latrobe Valley and Power Stations, especially at night when everything lights up.