Little Desert wildlife experience: 1-night nature and wildlife tour
On this overnight wildlife eco tour come face-to-face with a diversity of wildlife – bandicoots, bettongs, kangaroos, sugar gliders, emus and possibly catch a glimpse of the endangered Mallee Fowl in the wild. Meet local conservation heroes who are ‘Rewilding the Desert’ and personally contribute to this world leading wildlife conservation and research project. Learn how to throw a returning Boomerang, visit the beautiful Pink Lake and a local wildlife park where you can enjoy close encounters with koalas, Tasmanian devils and other Australian wildlife.
Stay at Little Desert Nature Lodge – our private conservation reserve with comfortable accommodation and true Aussie-style hospitality. Enjoy sunset drinks, and wildlife right on your doorstep.
The Little Desert Nature Lodge and conservation reserve is located 375km west of Melbourne, near Dimboola in western Victoria. The lodge adjoins the Little Desert National Park, covering 132,647-hectares (327,780-acres), extending from the Wimmera River to the South Australian border. The park is home to over 670 species of native plants, over 220 bird species, and a wide variety of Australian mammals and reptiles.
Eco Tour Highlights:
- Guaranteed wildlife interactions – see kangaroos, bettongs, bandicoots, emus in the wild
- Nocturnal wildlife experience to get up close and personal with our local wildlife
- Spectacular night skies and stargazing
- Guided Mallee Fowl Aviary and Conservation Reserve tour
- Learn how to throw a returning Boomerang
- Wildlife park including koalas, Tasmanian Devils, wombats, dingoes and more
- Meet local conservation rangers and participate in wildlife monitoring activities
- Visit Pink Salt Lake
- This eco tour supports the Rewilding the Desert wildlife conservation program
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Departs: 2018 scheduled dates 15th, 18 & 20 February | 29 and 31 July | 3 August | 2 and 4 October. Other dates on demand
Price: from $570 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below
Day 1: Melbourne – Little Desert Nature Lodge
We depart Melbourne for our wildlife eco tour journey to Little Desert Nature Lodge and Conservation Reserve. On route we stop at Ballarat Wildlife Park for some close encounters with wildlife including koalas, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, wombats, kangaroos and more. In the late afternoon we arrive at Little Desert Nature Lodge where you can relax and watch kangaroos in the wild from your accommodation. Our dinner this evening is an Australian BBQ, followed by a nocturnal wildlife tour – see kangaroos, bettongs, bandicoots and sugar gliders. During the night tour you will also experience our big, clear skies and open spaces with no light pollution – perfect for stargazing! LD
Day 2: Little Desert Nature Lodge – Melbourne
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. Afterwards learn how to throw a returning Boomerang. Lunch at the lodge and travel back to Melbourne. On route visit Pink Lake which gets its vibrant colour from a salt tolerant alga living in the salt crust. Approximate return time to Melbourne is 5.30pm. BL
B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner
This tour is graded Easy. Suitable for most fitness levels, with light walking on average up to 2 kilometres a day.
- Maximum group size is 20 people
- Minimum age is 8 years
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Private charters and larger group tours are available: email us for bookings and details
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 Nature Lodge and conservation reserve, which is located 375km west of Melbourne, towards the South Australia border. Lodge-style accommodation is provided at the Little Desert Nature Lodge – owned by Conservation Volunteers Australia.
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. Wildlife sightings are guaranteed every month and all year. 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 – during winter months we can also enjoy an evening camp fire under the stars. 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 2 days, per person.
Twin/Double Ensuite Room: $570 AUD per person
Single Ensuite Room: $640 AUD per person
Child (8 – 12 years): $525 per person
- For smaller and larger group charters please contact us. Price may vary for private charters where less than 5 people are travelling.
Accommodation • transfers from Melbourne • meals • wildlife monitoring • boomerang activity • guided nature walk • nocturnal wildlife experience • entry to wildlife park • visit to Pink Lake • certificate of appreciation
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.
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Alternative departure dates are available year round on request – subject to availability.
This tour is available for private charter and group bookings – email us for details