|Located in the flat, semi-arid north-western corner of Victoria, Wyperfeld is one of Australia's most fascinating national parks.
The central feature of this huge park is a chain of lake beds connected by Outlet Creek, the northern extension of the Wimmera River. The lakes only fill when the Wimmera River over-supplies Lake Hindmarsh to the south of Lake Albacutya. When it rains the semi-arid landscape is transformed by tiny desert plants that sprout from long-dormant seeds, carpeting the ground with clusters of flowers.
Camp at Wonga Campground in the southern end of the park. It is spacious and has a Park Information Centre, three self-guided interpretive walks, a scenic nature drive and basic camping facilities.
Casuarina Campground - Camp at Casuarina Campground in the northern Pine Plains area of the park. The campground is set amid Pine-Buloke woodlands and vast open lakebeds surrounded by Mallee sand dunes and a circular-walking track to Bracky Well. Water, on-site information, basic toilets, fireplaces and picnic tables are available.
Walks and Drives
Eastern Lookout Nature Tour (drive)
Duration: 1 hour
The Eastern Lookout Nature Tour begins at the eastern side of the Wonga Campground. Look for the signposts. This is an easy loop drive, suitable for 2WD vehicles and travel along 15km of gravel road.
Pass through usually dry lakebeds, flood plains, sand dunes and peaceful Mallee country. Morning and evening are best times for wildlife viewing.
Please travel slowly, look out for wildlife and ensure you donít drive off the formed road - itís very easy to get bogged off-road in the sandy soil. Roadside numbers refer to the notes provided in the park note.
Eastern Lookout via Lignum Track (Walk)
Duration: 4 hours (return), 10km
Start at the Information Centre. 200 metres along the James Barrett Nature Drive Track, turn left along Lignum Track. Travel about 2km to a track junction, then turn left.
When you reach James Barrett Nature Drive Track again, turn right to Eastern Lookout. Return via Lignum Track, opposite the carpark.
The track crosses or passes close to several dry lake beds that can become muddy after rain. Keep an eye out for kangaroos and emus among the red gums and dry lake beds.
Duration: 2 hours, 4 km (return)
Start at the Wonga Campground, eastern toilet block and follow the 'lifting the lid' signs detailing the mallee environment
Duration: 2 hours, 4.4 km (return)
When the spring rains come, the park is transformed. Wildflowers bloom, and Malleefowl, cockatoos, mallee ring-neck parrots and waterbirds flock to previously dry lakes. This self-guided walk through typically stunning Wyperfeld terrain is a great introduction to the dramatic seasonal changes that shape the Mallee desert.
The best time to see the wildlife here is at dawn and dusk, when western grey kangaroos, brush-tailed possums and emus come out to graze. While you may find the trail too sandy for cycling, the park's entrance roads and tracks around Eastern Lookout are ideal for two-wheeled traffic.
Start and finish at Black Flat carpark, 4km from the western end of the Wonga Campground. There are interpretive signs on the Mallee along the track.
Best time: Winter and spring.
Duration: 2.5 hours, 6km (return)
Start at the Nine Mile Square carpark, west of the entrance road (4.5km from Wonga Campground). Walk west along the track from the carpark for 450m, then turn left along the Desert Walk. The track eventually loops back near the start of the Nine Mile Square Track. There are excellent views across to Big Desert and Outlet Creek on this walk.