Visitors to the Herman’s Hill Nature Walk in the Big Desert State Forest will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the native plants and animals that grow and live in the forest, thanks to upgrades funded by the Victorian Government.

The upgrades are part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors (VGO), a $105.6 million investment into forests, parks, campgrounds, caravan parks, tracks and outdoor facilities, making it easier for people to get out and explore nature and support regional tourism.

Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said that as part of the $110,000 project, new bench seating and 16 interpretive signs have been installed along the 30-year-old three-kilometre nature walk, popular with locals and nature lovers from across the state.

The interpretive signs will educate visitors on the forest’s diverse ecosystem including, Aboriginal bush food, such as quandongs, native fauna and other historical information about the area.

The viewing platform and road leading to it have previously been upgraded through the program to comply with current safety standards, providing visitors with a safer and more accessible experience.

At the top of Herman’s Hill, a new picnic table sits alongside the viewing platform, which provides expansive views to the north and east towards Lake Hindmarsh.

Herman’s Hill is a popular day trip for people visiting the Big Desert State Forest and locals, who enjoy learning the history and exploring the natural beauty of the area, especially in spring, when many native wildflowers and orchids bloom.

Herman’s Hill is in the southern part of Big Desert State Forest, west of Lake Hindmarsh and about 40 kilometres north of Nhill.

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