Visitors to the Big Desert State Forest in the Mallee will soon be able to enjoy a night under the stars, as construction of the new Stockman’s Campground begins.

The new campground is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors program, a $105.6 million investment by the Victorian Government into forests, parks, campgrounds, caravan parks, tracks and outdoor facilities, making it easier for people to get out and support regional tourism as they explore nature.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Senior Forest Management and Roading Officer Scott McLean said: “Following the easing of restrictions we have seen again how much people value exploring the great outdoors and experiencing the health benefits of spending time in nature.

“The new Stockman’s Campground is 35 kilometres south of the very popular Big Billy Bore Campground, and will have something for everyone, with a network of four-wheel drive tracks, walking trails, a host of local flora and fauna and great facilities.

“We’ve just completed the first stage of work on the new campground, sinking a bore and installing a pump, so there is non-drinking water available for washing and firefighting,” Mr McLean said.

The works are being undertaken by Forest Fire Management Victoria and will be completed in stages over the next three years.

“We’ll construct campsites, a toilet block, picnic shelter, tables, barbeques and ash bins,” Mr McLean added.

For further information about Victoria's Great Outdoors Program visit www.vic.gov.au/victoria-great-outdoors

New Stockman's Campground bore