Put your walking shoes on and discover the wonders of the Little Desert National Park
This 3-day walking tour explores the vast, striking landscapes of the Little Desert National Park. Located in Western Victoria, more than 670 species of native plants can be found in the Little Desert, making it one of the best places to see Australian wildlife, including over 220 bird species. Birds to spot include the elusive Mallee Fowl, rare Southern Scrub Robin Parrot, wrens, honeyeaters and more. In spring the park comes to life with a stunning display of vibrant blossom and wildflowers.
Discover what makes this biodiverse and beautiful area so unique on a guided walk in the Little Desert National Park. You will also meet local conservation heroes who are undertaking world-leading wildlife conservation projects to help protect wildlife unique to the area. At the end of the day return to our comfortable accommodation at Little Desert Nature Lodge, complete with kangaroos, emus, bandicoots right on your doorstep!
Eco Tour Highlights:
- Exploring the Little Desert National Park on guided walks with our experienced local guides
- Guaranteed wildlife sightings including kangaroos, bandicoots, emus, bettongs and much more
- Spectacular scenery of the Little Desert National Park
- Guided private conservation reserve and Mallee Fowl Sanctuary tour
- The opportunity to support the Rewilding the Desert, wildlife conservation project
- Comfortable 3.5 star accommodation at Little Desert Nature Lodge and conservation reserve
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Departs: September – April
Price: from $998 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below
Day 1: Melbourne – Little Desert Nature Lodge
Depart Melbourne for the Little Desert National Park. On route we travel through the Greater Grampians region visiting Mount Arapiles. Afternoon arrival at the Lodge and a leisurely one-hour walk on our private conservation reserve to discover more about the wildlife conservation project, Rewilding the Desert. Dinner and nocturnal wildlife tour – see kangaroos, bettongs, and bandicoots. Walks: 3km, easy. LD
Day 2: Little Desert National Park
Today we set off early for a full-day guided walk through the Little Desert National Park, commencing at the Kiata campground. A short 1.2km walk and accent takes us to Trig Point, a 360′ viewing platform overlooking the surrounding desert landscape. Walking through an array of Desert flora and fauna (beautiful section in the spring time) we then descend to the Salt Lake Junction (at approx 5km point) and flat open heathland. The trail continues 11.3km through open heathland before reaching a small Mallee Eucalyptus oasis and our shady half-way rest stop. From here we continue into a section of yellow gum, where at 12.5km we arrive at the clay pan flats, a natural waterhole great for spring time bird watching. Then on to Two Dams at 14.7km for lunch and bird watching. The last 5km section of the walk is through a denser new variety of vegetation (green mallee, violet honey murtle, barbed wire bush). On arriving back at the Lodge – time to relax before dinner.
The track has a minor accent and descent either side of the Trig Point Look Out at the beginning of the walk. Overall the track is well defined and mostly easy flat terrain with a few knolls here and there. Walk: 20km, moderate. BLD
Wildlife viewing on walk:
Heathland birds include: birds of prey – Wedge Tailed Eagle, Goshawk, falcons • wrens – Shy heath-wren, Variegated fairy-wren, Superb-wren • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo • parrots • honeyeaters • wood swallows • robins• emus
Other animals include: echidnas • kangaroos and wallabies • lizards/reptiles – Bearded dragon, shingleback, sand monitor, scaly foot
Day 3: Little Desert Nature Lodge – Melbourne
Visit to the Malleefowl Sanctuary where you’ll discover the Lodge’s Mallee Fowl recovery program and possibly catch a glimpse of these fascinating endangered mound building birds in the wild. We then continue our journey back to Melbourne, stopping on route at the Pink Lake. Walk: 3km, easy. BL
B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner
This tour is graded Moderate. Moderate fitness required. Walks range from 3km up to 20km a day, on mostly easy flat terrain with some moderate inclines.
- Maximum 10 people
- Minimum age is 14 years
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Private tours available email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 30% of Australia’s mammals and around 14% of birds are threatened or extinct in the wild. In the Little Desert region Conservation Volunteers and the FAUNA Research Alliance are ‘Rewilding the Desert’ – restoring wildlife habitat, protecting threatened species and reintroducing wildlife back into wild. This tour supports the Rewilding the Desert initiative.
Location and Transportation
This eco tour visits Little Desert National Park, which is located 375km west of Melbourne, towards the South Australia border. Lodge-style accommodation is provided at the Little Desert Nature Lodge – a conservation reserve owned by Conservation Volunteers Australia.
You will be transported from Melbourne in an air-conditioned forward-facing 2WD vehicle. The tour departs at 8.30am from the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) Office, 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne.
You will be staying at Little Desert Nature Lodge in 3.5 star ensuite accommodation. With nature and wildlife right at your doorstep, the lodge offers the prefect accommodation base. All rooms include linen, heating and air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, and free wifi.
The Best Time to Visit
The region offers something different each season. Autumn (March to May) is mild with clear sunny days and cooler evenings. Winter (June to August) provides cooler weather with occasional frosts and rainfall. The summer months (December to February) are warm and sometimes quite hot with temperatures in the 30’s. Wildflowers are at their best between September and November, and birds are best spotted between August and November – although there is always something to be seen. The Little Desert region has some of the clearest night skies in Australia, making it one of the top spots for star gazing on a clear night.
All prices are for 3 days, per person.
Twin/Double ensuite room: $998 AUD per person
Single ensuite room: $1150 AUD per person
- Based on a minimum of 5 people travelling
- Minimum 14 years old
- For smaller group charters please contact us for a tailored price
- Small group tour, maximum 10 people
Comfortable 3.5 star ensuite accommodation at Little Desert Nature Lodge • return transfers from Melbourne • all meals • experienced local guide • guided nature walks • nocturnal wildlife tour • National Park fees.
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks • travel to / from the departure point • travel insurance
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available from our licensed dining room if required – cost applies.
Private charters and group departures are available year round, subject to availability.
Departs: Melbourne 8.30am
The tour departs from the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) Office, 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne
or North Melbourne Train Station upon request
Returns: Melbourne approximately 4.00pm