Little Desert and Grampians National Park 6 Day Eco Tour

From AUD $2,450.00
  • Duration: 6 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Halls Gap, Victoria
  • Product code: Grampians Eco 6-day
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Discover what makes this biodiverse and beautiful area so unique on a guided walk in the Little Desert National Park. You will also meet local conservation heroes who are undertaking world-leading wildlife conservation projects to help protect wildlife unique to the area. Then walk the highlights of The Grampians Peaks Trail, a world-class, walk that showcases the majesty of the Grampians National Park. Enjoy dramatic peaks, panoramic views and the majesty of this ancient and rugged landscape.

Be challenged and rewarded during the day on this amazing walking experience. At the end of the day return to our comfortable accommodation, complete with wildlife right on your doorstep!

This walking tour requires a moderate level of fitness.

Trip Dates
  • 10 – 15 April 2018
  • Private tours available on request

The trip departs from Melbourne. Our central Melbourne pickup is at 8.30am from the Conservation Volunteers Australia Office, 120 Roslyn St West Melbourne or North Melbourne Train Station.   

An overview of Little Desert and Grampians  

Located in Western Victoria, more than 670 species of native plants can be found in the region, making it one of the best places to see Australian wildlife, including over 220 bird species. Birds to spot include the elusive Mallee Fowl, rare Southern Scrub Robin Parrot, wrens, honeyeaters and more. In spring the park comes to life with a stunning display of vibrant blossom and wildflowers. 

  

Discover what makes this biodiverse and beautiful area so unique on a guided walk in the Little Desert National Park. You will also meet local conservation heroes who are undertaking world-leading wildlife conservation projects to help protect wildlife unique to the area. Then walk the highlights of The Grampians Peaks Trail, a world class, walk that showcases the majesty of the Grampians National Park. Enjoy dramatic peaks, panoramic views and the majesty of this ancient and rugged landscape. 

  

Be challenged and rewarded during the day on this amazing walking experience. At the end of the day return to our comfortable accommodation, complete with wildlife right on your doorstep!  

This walking tour requires a moderate level of fitness.  

 

Day 1: Melbourne – Little Desert Nature Lodge  
Walking: 3km, easy grade  

 

On route to Little Desert National Park we travel through the Greater Grampians region visiting Mount Arapiles. Mount Arapiles is a spectacular feature, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains to form part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. 

In the afternoon we arrive at the Little Desert Nature Lodge where we embark on a leisurely one-hour walk. On our private conservation reserve we discover more about the wildlife conservation project, Rewilding the Desert. Dinner and nocturnal wildlife tour – see kangaroos, bettongs, and bandicoots. 

   
Overnight: Little Desert Nature Lodge.  

   
Meals: lunch and dinner (alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available from CVA licensed dining room – cost applies).  

 

About our accommodation 


Little Desert Nature Lodge  
You will be staying at 3.5-star ensuite accommodation including 2 nights at Little Desert Nature Lodge. With nature and wildlife right at your doorstep, the lodge offers the prefect accommodation base. All rooms include linen, heating and air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, and WIFI. 

  

Halls Gap – Grampians  
We stay at D’Altons in Halls Gap for three night which is located within a few minutes’ walk of the main township and features modern facilities and amenities, including an outdoor salt water pool (so don’t forget to bring your swimmers after a day’s walking!).  

We stay in lovely two-bedroom cabins which have been designed with functionality and space in mind. The Cottages are generously spread over our bush site to utilise the magnificent views of the Grampians ranges. The Cottages are constructed of rough sawn hardwood and complement the ambience of the National Park. Each cottage is fully self-contained and comprises 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, toilet, fully equipped kitchen, lounge, dining area and spacious veranda.  
 
If you prefer a single room rather than sharing with a friend or fellow traveller, this is of course fine, however aextra single supplement charge of $400 applies.  

 


  

Day 2: Little Desert National Park  

Walking: 20km, moderate grade  

 

Today the trail has a minor accent and descent either side of the Trig Point Look Out at the beginning of the walk. Overall the track is well defined and mostly easy flat terrain with a few knolls here and there.   
 
We set off early for a full-day guided walk through the Little Desert National Park. The walk commences at the Kiata campground. A short 1.2km walk and accent takes us to Trig Point, a 360′ viewing platform overlooking the surrounding desert landscape. Walking through an array of desert flora and fauna (beautiful section in the spring time) we then descend to the Salt Lake Junction and flat open heathland.  

The trail continues through open heathland before reaching a small Mallee Eucalyptus oasis and our shady half-way rest stop. From here we continue into a section of yellow gum, where we arrive at the clay pan flats, a natural waterhole great for spring time bird watching. Then it’s on to Two Dams for lunch and some bird watching.  

The last section of the walk is through a denser new variety of vegetation (green Mallee, violet honey myrtle and barbed wire bush). On arriving back at the Lodge, enjoy time to relax before dinner. 

  

Overnight: Little Desert Nature Lodge  

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available from CVA licensed dining room – cost applies).  

 

 

Day 3: Little Desert – Grampians National Park  
Walking: 5km, easy grade 

 

On today’s agenda is a visit to the Mallee fowl Sanctuary where you’ll discover the Lodge’s Mallee Fowl recovery program and possibly catch a glimpse of these fascinating endangered mound building birds in the wild. We then continue our journey to the Grampians National Park, stopping on route at the Pink Lake.  

Their colour is due to the presence of red algae that, along with the solid salt bed of the lakes, create this unusual hue. The pink is at its most intense after rain, due to fresh nutrients being washed into the lakes, which in turn trigger the growth of algae. At other times, the pink fades into a paler colour that is almost white.   

Lunch today is in Halls Gap and here we spend half a day walking. Starting at Brambuk Visitor Centre we cross Fyans Creek to the base of the Mt William Range for a steady climb. Finishing on the top of Boronia Peak we are rewarded with panoramic views over the Wonderland Range and surrounding peaks. We then retrace our footsteps to return to the vehicle, and to our place of stay by late afternoon.  

  

Overnight: Halls Gap 

 
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner  

  

 

Day 4: Grampians National Park  
Walking: 11km, moderate grade  

 

After breakfast and lunch making we enjoy a morning walk from the heart of Halls Gap alongside Stony Creek rising towards Wonderland. The imagery and the unique shaping of the rocks gives rise to features like the Elephant Hide and the Grand Canyon. Emerge out onto the rocky spine of the Pinnacle, one of today’s visual spectacles. After lunch, our days’ walk continues a more even footing out to Sundial Peak where the walker is able to rest and soak up another stunning view. From here the days’ walking winds up at the Rosea Campground. A short drive later and we have you back in our accommodation where you can freshen yourself up and then join us for dinner.  

 

Overnight: Halls Gap  
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

 

Day 5: Mount Rosea Peak Walk  
Walking: 13km, moderate to challenging   

   

Today is a challenging yet rewarding morning walk to the peak of Mount Rosea. The climb is challenging but the path is well formed and shaded before topping out at the summit of Mount Rosea.  

Gaze down the rocky chasm, and take in the 360-degree vista of the Grampians as you reach the top. 

Enjoy a well-earned picnic lunch at the summit before our afternoon walk to Borough Huts.  

Our final dinner of the tour is enjoyed at the local hotel (at guest own expense).   
 
Overnight: Halls Gap  

 
Meals: breakfast and lunch (dinner at guest own expense)  

 

Day 6: Mount William Walk – Melbourne  
Walking: 4-6km, moderate grade  

 

This morning’s walk takes us to the top of Mount William – the highest peak in the Grampians. Look right along the entire length of the saw-toothed rocks that is the Grampians, as it stretches north and south.  

Lunch is at Halls Gap (guest own expense) before our return journey to Melbourne, arriving at approximately 5pm.  

  

Meals: breakfast (lunch guest own expense)