The Little Desert Nature Lodge, established in 1969, began with its 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.
So began one of Victoria’s unique attractions, critical to the history of conservation in Australia. Since then, the Lodge has seen continued growth, with accommodations for up to 120 and attracts a large number of international guests and student groups annually.
Environmental work at the Lodge is ongoing, with proceeds from accommodations 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 to protect 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 as part of the Group.
Conservation Volunteers is Australasia’s largest environmental volunteering organisation, with offices across Australia and New Zealand, attracting over 12,000 volunteers each year on significant conservation projects. The addition of Little Desert Nature Lodge to their conservation and land management portfolio ensures the continuation of conservation initiatives established on the property and enables volunteers to engage and enjoy meaningful experiences in Victoria’s west.
The property is a safe haven and breeding site for the endangered Malleefowl, one of the focus species of CVA’s Wild Futures threatened species program. CVA hopes to attract people from across Australia to appreciate the value and beauty of the remarkable Wimmera region.