Camping Big Desert State Forest

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Camping Big Desert State Forest

Big Desert State Forest Camping Areas

The Big Desert State Forest is located south of the Mallee Highway, 10 kilometres from Murrayville in the north west corner of Victoria, Australia. It lies between Big Desert Wilderness and Wyperfeld National Park. The Big Desert State Forest is a large, open area  made up of forest and  sandy plains. Native vegetation in the forest includes scrub cyprus pines, Mallee heath, broombrush. The state forest is home to many species of birds, reptiles and small mammals. With 93 species of bird found with the forest, including the incredibly rare western whipbird, the forest is ideal for birdwatchers. There are also wild dogs living in the forest so all pets are not allowed when staying at the camping areas. 

blue gums camping area mallee

Blue Gums Camping Area Mallee

There are three free campsites in the Big Desert State Forest: Coburns Pines campsite, Red Gums campsite and Blue Gums campsite.There are no facilities at the camping areas so campers are required to be self sufficient. Use of a portable stove is preferable to campfires due to bushfire risk. There are no bins provided at the camp grounds so campers must carry out all rubbish. A 4WD vehicle is required during and after heavy rains as the black soil ground become particularly slippery.

The Big Desert State Forest offers great free camping opportunities, excellent multi-day hikes and a truly remote experience.

  1. Michael Brewin said on April 9, 2021 9:33 pm:

    Thanks for the information provided. We have a four wheel drive (Pajero) and tow a semi off-road 16 foot caravan. We enjoy national and state parks and often take our caravan to these places. I’ve been reading up on Big Desert State Park and the Murray-Sunset National Park but have been unable to find any specific information about taking our caravan to these parks. Some of the information I have read indicates that a number of the camping areas in these parks are accessible by two wheel drive vehicles in dry weather. Can you tell me whether I can take our caravan to the camping areas in these two parks? Many thanks, Michael