Mallee fowl Little Desert Nature Lodge

Little Desert Wildlife Discovery

4-day wildlife tour: explore spectacular landscapes and meet unique wildlife at Little Desert National Park

This eco tour experience visits the remote natural environmental and vast, striking landscapes of the Little Desert National Park. Located 375km west of Melbourne, near Dimboola in western Victoria, the Little Desert National Park covers 132,647-hectares (327,780-acres) and extends from the Wimmera River in the east to the South Australian border in the west near Naracoorte.

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.

Learn about the endangered Malleefowl recovery program and discover what makes the region so unique on a guided walk. Help set up remote senor cameras and collect data on local wildlife species in the Little Desert National Park or surrounding private conservation reserves.

Stay in comfortable accommodation at Little Desert Nature Lodge – our private conservation reserve complete with emus, kangaroos, bandicoots and a myriad of bird life – right on your door step.

The 4-day tour also includes the opportunity to explore and enjoy spectacular lookout points and panoramic views across the nearby Grampians National Park landscape.

Eco Tour Highlights:

  • See Australian wildlife up close – kangaroos, bettongs, bandicoots, emus, malleefowl and more
  • Spectacular views across Mount Arapiles and Grampians National Park
  • Desert wildflowers (spring season departures)
  • A region rich in bird life with over 220 species found in the Little Desert
  • Exclusive behind the scenes experiences in Private Conservation Reserves and Victoria’s National Parks
  • Small group and personalised touring
  • Comfortable accommodation at Little Desert Nature Lodge
  • Rewarding tours helping conserve the Little Desert’s wildlife

Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Departs: regular dates (see below); and on request

Price: from $625 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below


Day 1: Melbourne – Little Desert Nature Lodge

Depart Melbourne for 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.

In the late afternoon we arrive at Little Desert Nature Lodge. Check-in to accommodation and time to enjoy the surrounds and wildlife. Dinner 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 followed by camera monitoring activities in the nearby park or conservation reserve. Find out about the exciting wildlife reintroduction program taking place – Rewilding the Desert, a new joint partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Fauna Research Alliance. In the afternoon we enjoy a guided nature walk to learn more about the local biodiversity and wildlife. Dinner and evening activity reviewing data from the cameras, and recording information on wildlife captured on film. BLD

Day 3: Little Desert Nature Lodge and National Park

Breakfast is followed by a guided tour of the Malleefowl Aviary. Observe these endangered birds as they work on their huge incubation mounds, constructed from leaf-litter, sticks and sand. Lunch and afternoon camera monitoring activities take place around the park. Dinner and opportunity to enjoy the stunning desert night skies. BLD

Day 4: Little Desert Nature Lodge – Melbourne

Following breakfast we depart the lodge for Melbourne, stopping en route at the Pink Lake and for a picnic-style lunch. Approximate return time to Melbourne is 4pm. BL


This tour is graded Moderate. Suitable for moderate fitness levels, with light walking on average up to 4 kilometres a day.

Group Size

  • Maximum 10 people per group
  • Minimum age for participation is 10 years
  • Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
  • Departure is guaranteed, subject to 3 people travelling

Conservation Impact

Naturewise Eco Escapes contribute to wildlife conservation and offer you the opportunity to explore outstanding national parks and conservation reserves. The vast, unforgettable surrounds of Little Desert National Park provide an iconic setting for our activities. Help set up remote motion sensor cameras to monitor wildlife. The data collected will help understand species diversity and population numbers with the Little Desert region. Its also a great opportunity to explore private conservation reserves and national parks, while discovering more about the exciting wildlife reintroduction program taking place – Rewilding the Desert a new joint partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Fauna Research Alliance.

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 8am 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, or bunkroom with shared bathroom amenities.  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 per person for 4 days.

Bunk room: $625 AUD per person
Twin/Double ensuite room: $725 AUD per person
Single ensuite room: $825 AUD per person

Children: This tour is suitable for 10 years and above.

Accommodation • transfers from Melbourne • meals • wildlife monitoring • guided nature walk • nocturnal wildlife experience

Alcoholic beverages • travel to / from the departure point • travel insurance

Departure Dates

Departs: 8.00am – Melbourne
The tour departs from the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) Office, 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne
Returns: 4.00pm – Melbourne

16 January – 19 January 2017– Bookings closed
10 March – 13 March 2017– Bookings closed
31 March – 3 April 2017 – Bookings closed


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