The Little Desert Nature Lodge was established is 1969, beginning with Four Wheel Drive Tours into the Little Desert National Park to raise awareness of the unique local flora and fauna at a time when plans were afoot to subdivide the remaining natural vegetation for additional pastoral leases.
There began one of Victoria’s unique attractions. Over the years the Lodge has seen much growth and houses 24 Ensuite Rooms, 16 Bunkrooms, and a large Dining Room. The Little Desert Nature Lodge hosts a large number of coach tours, international guests and student groups annually.
Environmental work at the lodge is ongoing, with money constantly being reinvested into projects to enhance the conservation value of the region. An electrified feral animal-proof fence has been completed around both the Lodge and Malleefowl Sanctuary properties. This will help protect the local flora and fauna from feral predators (e.g. cats and foxes) as well as destructive grazers (e.g. rabbits and sheep).
In November 2011, Conservation Volunteers Australia took over the reigns of the Little Desert Flora and Fauna Foundation Inc and now includes Little Desert Nature Lodge in the CVA Group.
Conservation Volunteers is Australasia’s largest environmental volunteering organisation, with offices across Australia and New Zealand and attracting over 12,000 volunteers each year on important conservation projects. The addition of Little Desert Nature Lodge to their conservation and land management portfolio will assist in the ongoing conservation initiatives established on the property and enable volunteers to engage and enjoy meaningful experiences in Victoria’s west.
“This is a very exciting opportunity and we are thrilled to be involved in the ongoing conservation and protection of the biodiversity and wildlife at Little Desert Nature Lodge and the surrounding area,” Colin Jackson, CEO at Conservation Volunteers announced.
“The property is also a safe haven and breeding site for the endangered Malleefowl, one of the focus species of our Wild Futures threatened species program. We hope to bring more people from Melbourne and across Australia to appreciate the value and beauty of the remarkable Wimmera region.” Mr Jackson added.