3-day Little Desert wildlife experience – the best of nature and wildlife at our private conservation reserve
On this 3-day wildlife tour to Little Desert Nature Lodge and national park, come face-to-face with a wide diversity of native Australian wildlife – and possibly even catch a glimpse of the endangered Mallee Fowl in the wild. The Little Desert National Park is located 375km west of Melbourne, near Dimboola in western Victoria. Covering 132,647-hectares (327,780-acres) the park extends from the Wimmera River to the South Australian border.
More than 670 species of native plants can be found in the Little Desert, representing about 20% of Victoria’s indigenous flora. The biodiversity of natural habitats makes the national park one of the best places to see Australian native wildlife in their natural habitat; including kangaroos, emus, wallabies, bandicoots, bettongs, possums, gliders, bats, many kinds of reptiles, and over 220 bird species. Birds to spot include the elusive Mallee Fowl, the rare Southern Scrub Robin Parrot, wrens, currawongs, and honeyeaters.
Your accommodation is at Little Desert Nature Lodge – our private conservation reserve, offering comfortable accommodation complete with native wildlife right on your door step. Keep an eye out for our friendly resident emu ‘George’.
You will also meet our local conservation heroes who are ‘Rewilding the Desert’ and personally contribute to this world-leading wildlife conservation and research project. Visit a local wildlife park and enjoy close encounters with koalas, Tasmanian devils and other Australian wildlife.
Eco Tour Highlights:
- Guaranteed wildlife interactions – see kangaroos, bettongs, bandicoots, emus in the wild
- Spectacular scenery of the Little Desert National Park
- Boomerang throwing experience
- Nocturnal wildlife experience to get up close with our local wildlife
- Guided Mallee Fowl Aviary and Conservation Reserve tour
- Meet local conservation rangers and participate in wildlife monitoring activities
- Visit Pink Lake and Ballarat Wildlife Park – including koalas, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and more
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Departs: regular dates (see below); and on request
Price: from $860 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below
Day 1: Melbourne – Little Desert Nature Lodge
We depart Melbourne for our journey to Little Desert Nature Lodge. On route we travel through the Greater Grampians region visiting Mount Arapiles. Famous for its rugged scenery, take in the panoramic views of the surrounding Wimmera Plain from this dramatic quartz and sandstone landmark.
We arrive at Little Desert Nature Lodge in the late afternoon. Check-in to your accommodation and some time to enjoy the surrounds and wildlife. A BBQ inner is followed by a nocturnal wildlife tour – see kangaroos, bettongs, bandicoots and sugar gliders. LD
Day 2: Little Desert Nature Lodge and National Park
Breakfast is followed by the opportunity to join our local ranger and assist with conservation activities taking place to support the ‘rewilding the desert’ wildlife conservation initiative. This is a great way to discover more about the conservation reserve, local wildlife and assist with seasonal wildlife monitoring activities. After lunch have some fun learning the art of Boomerang throwing, followed by a guided walk through the Little Desert Conservation Reserve and Mallee Fowl Aviary. In the late afternoon or early evening help feed the reserve’s captive wildlife. End the day relaxing over dinner and enjoying the stunning desert night skies. BLD
Day 3: Little Desert Nature Lodge – Melbourne
Breakfast and depart the lodge. On the drive back to Melbourne we visit Pink Lake, a lake used to harvest salt by the local Aboriginal community, and Ballarat Wildlife Park for some close encounters with wildlife including koalas, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, wombats, kangaroos and more. Our approximate return time to Melbourne is 5pm. BL
B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner
This tour is graded Easy. Suitable for most fitness levels, with light walking on average up to 3 kilometres a day.
- Up to 15 people. Larger groups can be accommodate on this tour. Please contact us for a group quote
- Minimum age is 8 years
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Private tours available email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 30% of Australian mammals are extinct or critically threatened. This wildlife eco tour supports Rewilding the Desert, a wildlife conservation project aiming to combat species extinction in Western Victoria. 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. You will have the opportunity participate in seasonal wildlife monitoring activities.
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 9.30am 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: $860 AUD per person
Single ensuite room: $970 AUD per person
- Based on a minimum of 4 people travelling
- For smaller group charters please contact us for a tailored price
Accommodation • transfers from Melbourne • meals • Rewilding the Desert conservation activity • guided nature walk • nocturnal wildlife experience • 2 hour Aboriginal culture experience • entry to wildlife park
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.