This reserve is in north-east Victoria, 50km from Benalla and 36km from Mansfield. It was here, on the banks of Stringybark Creek in Toombullup State Forest in 1878 the Kelly Gang members became the most wanted outlaws in Australia after Police Constables Lonigan, Scanlan and Kennedy were shot and killed.
From Benalla take the road to Tatong. Follow the sign to Tolmie. This road becomes gravel as you enter the State Forest. The Day Visitor Area is down Stringybark Creek Road.
A short walking track meanders through the tall forest and leads the visitor to the key points of interest. This track requires basic experience and a low fitness level.
The day visitor area provides picnic and wood bbq facilities.
Delving into history
The comprehensive signage located in the campground, day visitor area and along the walking track provides the full historical story of the site from the original custodians – the Taungurung, to the early settlers and land acquisition. This gives historical context to Ned Kelly’s story – his relationship with the area and the events leading up to the pivotal tragedy that created the Kelly Gang.
The grave of Emma Heller, located off Madhouse Road, not far from the Tatong-Tolmie Road is another point of interest.
The associated camping ground, accessed by vehicle from the Tatong-Tolmie Road is a lovely bush camping spot. Facilities include a bush toilet, picnic shelter, tables and fire pits. Bring all water with you.
All Ability Access is possible to the Kelly Tree viewing area from the carpark. The toilet in the carpark is an all ability facility.