Little Desert: For Walks and Wildflowers
Nestled in the north-west corner of Victoria outside Horsham, Little Desert National Park has a curious but deceptive name. While the area is known for its sandy ridges, a wide variety of vegetation flourishes in the differing soils. Put on your walking shoes to discover the wonders of the region, including the spectacular wildflowers for which Little Desert is best known.
Little Desert is around 132 000 hectares in size and it boasts almost 600 km of tracks. It’s an ideal spot for four-wheel driving yet walkers will also be rewarded. The park is divided into three main sections and there are three self-guided walks in the eastern area. The Sanctuary nature walk is south of Kiata. Stringybark walk begins south of Nhill on the Gymbowen Road, and close to Pomponderoo Hill is a short nature walk.
Serious trekkers might look to the 84 km Desert Discovery Walk. It’s possible to complete the route in four days, or choose a smaller section for a day or two. For something a little less strenuous enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Wimmera River or the track at Ackle Bend.
Little Desert is best visited anytime between April and October. During spring and early summer you’ll be greeted with a stunning display of vibrant blossoms and wildflowers. Some areas, such as Broughton’s Water Hole, also feature rare and beautiful orchids. These magnificent flowers can also be found from April to December along the Billy Ho Bushwalk.
There are several camping grounds in Little Desert for travellers (be sure to bring your own supplies). The site at Yanipy Nature Reserve also makes an ideal spot for birdwatching. At Moree Reserve you can pitch your tent beneath giant red gums and at Green Swamp you can watch the sun set over a serene lake hemmed by foliage.