Victoria's Great Outdoors program

Program status

Planning, assessments and approvals are underway across a range of locations statewide. Timelines for completion vary by location, are likely to change and are subject to assessments, on-ground and construction industry conditions.

Last updated: July 2024

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The program

The Victoria’s Great Outdoors program is $106.6 million investment by the Victorian Government into better campgrounds, walking trails, 4WD tracks and visitor facilities across Victoria’s parks and state forests.

The program is providing more opportunities for people to spend time in nature - and with that, experience the health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors.

This includes through building new and upgrading campgrounds, trails, tracks and visitor facilities, halving the cost of camping in national parks and supporting employment and volunteer initiatives like the Volunteering Innovation Fund that encourages innovation and inspires more Victorians to volunteer for nature.

These projects will create jobs, boost regional tourism and support local economies while ensuring everyone can enjoy more of the great outdoors.

Two campers relax at their campsite after a long paddle on the Glenelg River.

Project details

As part of Victoria's Great Outdoors, we're delivering upgrades and improvements to Parks Victoria managed locations, including campgrounds and four-wheel drive tracks.

So far, this has included creating a new campground at Point Nepean National Park, a new pedestrian suspension bridge in Cathedral Range State Park, and upgraded campsites in the Great Otway National Park, Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, and Bunyip State Park.

Projects underway:

Erskine Falls upgrades

Bendigo Regional Park Larni Yirrip camping area

Lake Tyers State Park - The Glasshouse camping area upgrades

Princess Margaret Rose Cave

Lake Eildon National Park camping upgrades

Lake Elizabeth Campground upgrades

Otways Iconic 4WD experience upgrades

Grampians Iconic 4WD experience upgrades

High iconic campground upgrades

Kinglake National Park The Gums Campground upgrades

Further details of additional projects and locations will be updated here as planning and assessments are finalised. 

Program funding

The Victoria’s Great Outdoors program is investing $106.6 million funded by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

Environment and cultural heritage management

Extensive cultural heritage and environmental assessments will be undertaken prior to finalising the scope of project works and on-ground works commencing.

Putting safety first

Visitor safety is our number one priority when considering risk in parks. 

While nature will always be unpredictable, our projects and maintenance works help minimise risks and help people explore the great outdoors safely.

Parks Victoria is responsible for continuously managing and maintaining over 50,000 pieces of infrastructure across the state annually. 

We’re also delivering new projects to help visitors get into nature. These are thoroughly planned and prepared to keep people and projects separate – and safe. When visiting a park where projects are happening, especially during construction, it’s important that people follow the direction of signs, stay out of fenced and restricted areas, and listen to Parks Victoria staff and work crews.

Who are we working with?

This exciting project is being delivered in partnership between Parks Victoria and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

We’re working together with Traditional Owners, local communities and key stakeholders groups to make sure we’re getting it right.

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