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Experiences – far from the crowds, close to nature

Desert Skies

Nothing compares to the sheer majesty of the night sky in the desert – the stars are brighter, the view is endless and visibility is at its best. You can almost reach out and touch the stars. Sky watchers and astronomers from across the world regularly travel to the Lodge for front row views of the southern night sky.

Malleefowl Discovery

Located on the Lodge property, the Malleefowl Aviary is the only captive breeding program for Malleefowl in Victoria. Observe the birds as they work on their huge incubation mounds, constructed from leaf-litter, sticks and sand. The guided tour of the aviary incorporates a walk along the nature trail where examples of native Little Desert Flora and Fauna can be observed.

Duration: 45 minutes

  • Adults: $30.00 1-2 people $15 per person extra
  • Family rates available – ask about our rates when booking
  • BY PRIOR BOOKING

Closed on total fire ban days, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

Nocturnal Wildlife Experience

Take a night walk to see nocturnal creatures of the bush including Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed Bettongs and Bush-stone Curlews. Listen in amazement as our guides interpret the many sounds of the night such as Boobook Owls, Nightjars, Bats and Banjo Frogs.

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes

  • Adults: $30.00 1-2 people  $15 per person extra
  • BY PRIOR BOOKING

Birdwatching

Bird lovers adore the Wimmera desert environment. Over 230 species of birds call the Little Desert National Park home and can be sighted at the Lodge.  The Little Desert Nature Lodge caters specifically for bird watching groups, and our expert guides and local knowledge can help both the beginner and experienced birdwatcher alike.

What makes the Little Desert so good for birds? The Little Desert lies in an area of Australia that represents an overlap between the high-rainfall forest regions of the coast, and the dry desert areas of the inland. Therefore, due to the diversity of habitats that can be found here, it is possible to see many species representative of both these geographic regions.

The “Big 5”
In the spirit of the game parks in Africa we have compiled a list of “The Big 5” bird species that may be found in the major habitats of the Little Desert. These are the special birds that tend to challenge and fascinate even the most seasoned of bird watchers.

  • Malleefowl
  • Southern Scrub Robin
  • Shy Heathwren
  • Gilbert’s Whistler
  • Purple-Gaped Honeyeater (pictured

Private guided tours are available on request and are subject to availability.  Please speak to one of our friendly team to discuss your needs.  Prices on application

Bushwalking

The Lodge property contains a number of nature trails, taking in a variety of native vegetation. Trails are marked with numbered posts, which identify the plant species that you encounter along the way. Trails also lead from the lodge into the adjacent National Park and connect onto the Lodge Loop (2.15 km), Stringybark Loop (1 km) and Stringybark Walk (1km). For the truly adventurous walker, the Lodge can be the start or end point for the impressive Desert Discovery Walk (84 km, 3 days), which incorporates much of the eastern section of the Little Desert National Park, through to the Wimmera River at Dimboola. We can arrange drop-offs and pick-ups at various spots in the Little Desert National Park, so that bushwalkers can tailor a route to suit their own level of fitness and experience.

Wildflowers

In spring and summer the Little and Big Desert National Parks are a coloured with brilliant wildflowers. Over 670 species of plants from native daisies and flowering tea tree to whipstick westringia and rare orchids are a photographers and artists delight.

During Winter, low heath plants proliferate:

  • Flame Heath
  • Brush Heath
  • Cranberry Heath
  • Pink Heath
  • Common Correa

Highlights of a spring wildflower include:

  • Blue Tinsel Lily
  • Fringe-myrtle
  • Golden Pennants
  • Phebalium
  • Violet Honey-Myrtle
  • Golden Wattle
  • Scarlet Bottlebrush

Wonderful winter and spring orchids can also be found, just to name a few:

  • Waxlip Orchid
  • Banded Greenhood
  • Heart-lipped Spider-orchid
  • Green-comb Spider-orchid
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • Hooded Caladenia
  • Pink Fingers
  • Blue Fairies
  • Slaty Helmet-Orchid
  • Leopard Orchid
  • Scented Sun-orchid