On the lookout at Big Billy Bore Camping Area

Bigger and better views by day, spectacular starry skies at night and the peace of mind of mobile phone coverage is now available at the Big Billy Bore Camping Area as part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Senior Forest Management and Roading Officer Scott McLean said: “We have installed a viewing platform that provides visitors with an elevated, 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

“Big Billy Bore Camping Area is a bush camp located within the Big Desert State Forest and is popular with locals, tourists, bird watchers, four-wheel drivers and now star gazers.

“The remote location, combined with little to no light reflection, means that visitors can see the night sky as nature intended.”

With short tracks that take around three hours to complete, to longer day trips, the Big Billy Bore Camping Area is a popular base-camp for four-wheel drive enthusiasts.

The camping area and new viewing platform are in the Big Desert State Forest, 33km south of Murrayville. Facilities at the campground include recently upgraded toilets, picnic shelter, gas BBQs, wood fireplaces, picnic tables and non-potable water for washing.

“Tracks around the Big Billy Bore Camping Area will challenge four-wheel driving skills, but this is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic highlights of the area.

“Not only does the new viewing platform improve the experience for sightseeing, it offers increased safety with access to mobile phone coverage in an area that previously had no coverage.

“Temperatures can be very hot in summer. Visitors should plan ahead and check the long-range weather forecast. An ideal time to visit is the wildflower season, which peaks during August and September showcases an array of plants and colours,” Mr McLean added.

The $60,000 viewing platform project is part of the Victorian Governments $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.

More details can be found at the More to Explore App or download the map at:

https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/392214/FFMV-Big-Desert-State-Forest-4WD-Touring-Map.pdf