The Brunton’s Bridge camping area in the Boola Boola State Forest south of Walhalla is one of Gippsland’s most popular sites for day visitors and camping.

 Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Acting District Manager for Latrobe, Jean-Marc Porigneaux said: “The site is in need of renovation and improvements so it can be made into an even more pleasant and enjoyable experience for everyone.

 “We have already replaced the old and outdated toilet blocks with a brand new double toilet, and we’re planning further upgrades to the site and its infrastructure to improve the look, feel and safety of the area,” Mr Porigneaux said.

 “The main campground will be refurbished to provide improved vehicle and tent-based camping areas. This will include site levelling and landscaping work, as well as the installation of new designated fire pits.

 “The day visitor area will also be refurbished to provide better defined car parking, additional picnic facilities and re-established grass areas.

 “Earthworks and drainage improvements will make the site neater and tidier, and upgrades roads and paths will help visitors more easily travel throughout the site. A mix of boulders, bollards and fencing will be used to define and protect the surrounding environment.

 “The campsite will be closed from Friday 10 May and will reopen in time for the summer school holidays in December so that FFMVic can carry out the works to upgrade the site’s access and infrastructure.

 “We understand that closing the site during this time may be disappointing for those who enjoy camping here, but as many regulars will know, it’s well and truly time for the upgrades.

 “The river crossing via Brunton’s Bridge Road, will remain open for the duration of works. However, day visitor access may be disrupted while works are underway, so please avoid this area until works are complete,” Mr Porigneaux said.

 If you still want to visit the nearby area, we can recommend the recently renovated Coopers Creek campground (suitable for camper trailers), the Walhalla, Erica and Rawson townships, or Seninis Campground (dogs, cats and firearms prohibited), which are all 2WD accessible. Those with four wheel drive vehicles may wish to explore the various camping and day visitor areas within the historic Aberfeldy area, north of Walhalla.

 For more information, and to help plan your trip, visit: https://ffm.vic.gov.au/more-to-explore , or download the More to Explore app (available for Android and iOS).