Blue Pool camping ground to have a major upgrade

The Blue Pool camping ground will be closed from today until July next year for a major upgrade.
The Blue Pool camping ground will be closed from today until July next year for a major upgrade.

THE Blue Pool camping ground, north of Briagolong, is being improved to provide a better experience for campers and day visitors and to better protect the site.

The works will include landscaping, re-established grass areas, designated camping sites, new toilet blocks, better car parking, more picnic facilities and fire pits, new fencing and better drainage to help prevent erosion.

Gippsland deputy chief fire officer Bethany Roberts said the Blue Pool had been attracting increasing numbers of people in the past few years and was in need of some work to upgrade the site.

"It's going to look great and will provide better, safer and easier camping and a terrific place to stay or visit for the day," she said.

"The works will take a few months to complete, so all campsites will be closed from today through to July 2020.

"You'll still be able to enjoy the Blue Pool itself and local walking tracks for day visits, but you won't be able to camp overnight," Ms Roberts said.

Parking will be limited while the works are underway.

"Forest Fire Management Victoria understands that closing the site for this period of time may be frustrating for those who enjoy camping here, but as many regulars will know, the upgrades are well overdue."

Nearby areas available for camping and day visits are the Quarry Reserve (suitable for recreational vehicles and caravans), Froam, McKinnon's Point, Johnston's Flat, Lloyd's Knob and Lees Creek (also unsuitable for recreational vehicles and caravans).

The last turnaround point for recreational vehicles and caravans is at the Quarry Reserve.

Other camping locations include Avon-Mt Hedrick Scenic Reserve and state forest areas west of Valencia Creek.

The Blue Pool campground upgrade is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors package, which includes $3.3 million to improve camping and recreation sites across Gippsland.