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Dimboola - Little Desert National Park



The 132,647 hectare Little Desert National Park extends from the Wimmera River in the east to near Naracoorte in the west.

The best time to visit the park is between late winter and early summer when the temperatures are comfortable and the park is full of blossoms and wildflowers. Camp beside the Wimmera River, and enjoy bushwalks, birdwatching or four-wheel driving.

Little Desert National Park is 375kms from Melbourne. A number of bitumen roads lead to the park from the Western Highway and a gravel road leads from Dimboola to the eastern section of the park. Most tracks within the park are very sandy and are suitable for four wheel drive vehicles only.

Things To Do
Walks - The park has a number of marked, signposted walks, ranging from 30 minutes to three days duration. These are in the eastern block of the park, and are accessible by 2WD vehicles.

Self Guided Nature Walks
Stringybark Walk (30min - 1 hour) - Located on the Harrow - Nhill Road, this short walk show cases the diversity of Little Desert. A brochure at the start of the walk will guide you.

Sanctuary-Keith Hateley Nature Walk (30min) - Start in the picnic area, 10km south of Kiata. A Park Note explains the abundant plant and bird life in this area, including the rarely sighted Malleefowl.

Pomponderoo Hill Nature Walk (30min) - This walk is on the park’s northern boundary, 4km south of Dimboola. It loops around typical desert vegetation. A lookout gives an excellent view of the park, Wimmera River and the surrounding area.

Yanipy Walk - Explore the plant and animal diversity on a self - guided walk around the Yanipy School Reserve.

Campground walks
Kiata campground - Several tracks start from the campground. Brochures are available at the start of these walks.

Horseshoe Bend/Ackle Bend campgrounds - A short walk that leads to Ackle Bend provides great views of the eastern block, particularly at sunset. Walkers can continue past Ackle Bend and follow the track a further 1km to the river before returning to the campgrounds.

Long distance walks
Desert Discovery Walk - Long distance walkers can tackle all or part of the 84 km Desert Discovery Walk. Options of one to four days duration are possible. A separate brochure is available for this walk. Overnight walkers are asked to register their details in advance at the Park Office. There are two overnight camps along the way, accessible only by walkers. This walk is a great opportunity to experience some of the park’s diversity on foot. It is especially colourful in spring

Camping - Campgrounds are provided at Kiata, Horseshoe Bend, Broughtons Waterhole and Ackle Bend campground. Hike-in camps for the Little Desert Discovery Walk can booked at Yellowgums and Mallee walkers camps.



Address | Contact


Little Desert National Park,  Dimboola 3414, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X920 Ref: A8

Web Links


Link Little Desert National Park

Link Little Desert National Park - Park note (PDF)

Link Little Desert National Park - Keith Hateley Nature Walk (PDF)

Link Little Desert National Park - Stringybark and Loop Walks (PDF)

Link Birds of the Mallee Parks (PDF)



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