Put your walking shoes on and discover the wonders of the Little Desert and Grampians National Park
This 6-day walking tour explores the vast, striking landscapes of the Little Desert and Grampians National Park. Located in Western Victoria, more than 670 species of native plants can be found in the region, 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. Then walk the highlights of The Grampians Peaks Trail, a world class, walk that showcases the majesty of the Grampians National Park. Enjoy dramatic peaks, panoramic views and the majesty of this ancient and rugged landscape.
Be challenged and rewarded during the day on this amazing walking experience. At the end of the day return to our comfortable accommodation, complete with wildlife right on your doorstep!
This walking tour requires a moderate level of fitness.
Walking Tour Highlights:
- Exploring the Little Desert and Grampians 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
- Small group of 10 or less
- Comfortable 3.5 star ensuite accommodation
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Departs: 10 – 15 April 2018; and on request
Price: from AUD$2,450 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.
Overnight: Little Desert Nature Lodge. Meals: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.
Overnight: Little Desert nature Lodge. Meals: BLD
Day 3: Little Desert – Grampians National Park
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 to the Grampians National Park, stopping on route at the Pink Lake. Lunch in Halls Gap and a half day walk starting at Brambuk Visitor Centre, crossing Fyans Creek to the base of the Mt William Range for a steady climb. Finish on top of Boronia Peak with panoramic views over the Wonderland Range and surrounding peaks. Retrace footsteps to return to the coach and our place of stay by late afternoon. Walk: 5km, easy. Overnight: Halls Gap. Meals: BLD
Day 4: Grampians National Park
Morning walk from the heart of Halls Gap alongside Stony Creek rising towards Wonderland. The imagery and the unique shaping of the rocks gives rise to features like the Elephant Hide and the Grand Canyon. Emerge out onto the rocky spine of the Pinnacle, one of today’s visual spectacles. After lunch continue to Sundial Peak and to Rosea Campground. Walk: 11km, moderate.
Overnight: Halls Gap. Meals: BLD
Day 5: Mount Rosea Peak Walk
Today is a challenging yet rewarding morning walk to the peak of Mount Rosea. The climb is challenging but the path is well formed and shaded before topping out at the summit of Mount Rosea. Enjoy a well earned picnic lunch at the summit before our afternoon walk to Borough Huts. Final dinner at local hotel (at own expense). Walk: 13km, moderate – challenging.
Overnight: Halls Gap. Meals: BL
Day 6: Mount William Walk – Melbourne
Morning walk to the top of Mount William – the highest peak in the Grampians. Look right along the entire length of the Grampians as it stretches north and south. Lunch at Halls Gap (own expense) before our return journey to Melbourne, arriving at approximately 5pm. Walk: 4-6km, moderate. Meals: B
B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner
Wildlife viewing on walks:
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.
This walking tour requires a moderate level of fitness. Walks range from 3km up to 20km a day. The walks through the Little Desert are primarily on flat terrain with some moderate inclines. Walks in the Grampians National Park require some challenging sections with steep inclines. We go at the groups pace to enjoy the scenery and learn about the values of these beautiful National Parks.
- Minimum of 5 and 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. This tour supports Rewilding the Desert, a wildlife conservation project aiming to combat species extinction in Western Victoria. Conservation Volunteers and the FAUNA Research Alliance are ‘Rewilding the Desert’ – restoring wildlife habitat, protecting threatened species and reintroducing wildlife back into wild. The initiative will reintroduce some of Australia’s most vulnerable wildlife back into their original habitats including the Western Quoll, Malleefowl and Western barred Bandicoot, among others.
Location and Transportation
This eco tour visits Little Desert and the Grampians National Park, which is located 375km west of Melbourne, towards the South Australia border.
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 or North Melbourne Train Station.
You will be staying at 3.5 star ensuite accommodation including 2 nights at Little Desert Nature Lodge and 3 nights motel style accommodation in the heart of the Grampians National Park. 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 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.
All prices are for 6 days, per person.
Twin/Double ensuite room: AUD $2,450 per person
Single ensuite room: AUD $2,840 per person
- Minimum age for this walking tour is 14 years
- Small group tour, maximum 10 people
5 nights comfortable 3.5 star ensuite accommodation • return transfers from Melbourne • meals as outlined in the program itinerary – continental breakfasts, lunches and snacks, 2 course dinner (one lunch and one dinner at own expense) • experienced local guides • guided nature walks each day • nocturnal wildlife, Rewilding conservation program and Mallee Fowl Sanctuary 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.
10 – 15 April 2018 BOOK NOW
Private charters and group departures are available year round for groups (minimum 5 people), subject to availability.
Departs: Melbourne 8.00am
The tour departs from the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) Office, 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne
or North Melbourne Train Station
Returns: Melbourne approximately 5.00pm