Outback Victoria

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4 Days - Melbourne - Little Desert, Wyperfeld, Murray Sunset, Hattah-Kulkyne National Parks - Melbourne

DISCOVER VICTORIA SERIES


This Signature small group personalised tour takes you to the the far west of Victoria, where wide open landscapes, breathtaking sunsets and starry nights add a spacious dimension to this semi-arid country. The temperatures are much hotter and the rainfall is lower, and where the sand is white from when this land was an ancient sea bed millions of years ago, yet a wealth of animal and birdlife has adapted to the environment, this is where you will find Outback Victoria. 
The Outback Victoria small group personalised signature tour travels through small farming towns and over flat fields of wheat to get to the Outback National Parks.
We explore the arid landscape of yellow gum and black box woodland of the Little Desert National Park where the endangered Lowan or Mallee Fowl survive. We travel to the vast Mallee park of the Wyperfeld National Park to experience the animals and birdlife of the Mallee and floodplains and shifting sand dunes of the north. You get to see the pink lakes of the largest desert national park, the Murray-Sunset National Park, which has vast area's of undisturbed vegetation. The most northern of the Outback parks is the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, which centres on an impressive lakes system with an abundance of wildlife, majestic river red gums, ancient buloke trees amid rolling sand plains and the distinctive Mallee for which this region is renowned.


Outback Victoria

Day 1 - Melbourne - Little Desert National Park - Nhill

In the morning you be met at *Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne by your Golden Nugget Discovery Tours Eco Guide. The adventure begins as we travel on our fast train to Ballarat, then swap over to the tour van, driving north west along the Western Highway to the Little Desert National Park.
When we arrive at Dimboola, which is the entrance town to the Little Desert National Park, we stop for lunch.
In the park we get to drive along and explore the Wimmera River at Horseshoe Bend, followed by the Pomponderoo Hill Nature walk. You walk along sandy tracks to view the flora and fauna, and visit a lookout to see the desert landscapes.
Driving to the north part of the Little Desert National Park we stop again to do another walk to view different Mallee desert habitat of the flora and fauna, keep a watch out for kangaroo's, echidna's and the wedge-tailed eagle.
Getting back into the vehicle, we drive to another location in the park to walk along the track to find the endangered desert bird namely the Lowan or Mallee Fowl.
The final walk of the day, you walk along an interpretation walk, which further explains the flora and fauna of the Mallee desert ecosystem.
We arrive in the town of Nhill for our Dinner and Overnight accommodation.

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in Nhill.
From: Melbourne
To: Nhill
Accommodation: 3 Star Motel/Hotel
Meals: Morning Tea, Dinner.
Included Entrance Fees:
Rail Ticket Melbourne to Ballarat,
Little Desert National Park.

 

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Day 2 - Nhill - Jeparit - Lake Hindmarsh - Wyperfeld National Park - Ouyen

Today we head north passing through flat farming country of wheat fields and sheep grazing, before arriving at Lake Hindmarsh.
Lake Hindmarsh is one of Victoria's largest freshwater lakes when full and is a haven for waterbirds such as Black Swans, Pelicans, Cormorants and numerous ducks, the lake is fed by the Wimmera river. River flows have been affected by Climate Change, so Lake Hindmarsh hasnt been full for many years.
Moving on, we arrive at the small town of Jeparit to see the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Musuem. This Museum shows displays of farm machinery, farm houses and town buildings, giving you an insight into the life for the early European pioneers.
Our next stop is the town of Rainbow for lunch, then further north to enter the southern parts of Wyperfeld National Park.
We drive along the James Barrett Nature Drive stopping along the way several times, you can climb to the top of a lookout hill, view the emu's feeding in the dry lake beds, see Western Grey kangaroo's resting in the shade under the tree's, and see the vivid colours of the parrots and rosella's.
You do another walk in the Mallee bushland to try and find the elusive endangered Mallee Fowl bird.
The final drive of the day takes you to another area of Wyperfeld National Park to see native desert birds, red and western grey kangaroos and Mallee desert plants.
Leaving the Wyperfeld National Park we drive to the town of Ouyen for Dinner and our Overnight accommodation


Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in Ouyen.
From: Nhill
To: Ouyen
Accommodation: 3 Star Motel/Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner
Included Entrance Fees:
Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum
Wyperfeld National Park
 

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Day 3 - Ouyen - Wyperfeld National Park - Murray-Sunset National Park - Hattah-Kulkyne National Park - Ouyen

After breakfast we head west to enter the northern part of the Wyperfeld National Park.
Driving over gravel and sandy roads we make our way to the Snowdrift camping area to view the large sand drifts and white sand dunes. This part of the Wyperfeld National Park is different to the southern parts we saw yesterday. The trees are more of Cypress pine and Buloke growing on the sand dunes. Keep a watch out for the wildlife, with the Western grey kangaroo's, emu's and numerous small birds, parrots and cockatoo's.
Leaving Wyperfeld National Park we now head to the Murray-Sunset National Park. At the small town of Linga we turn off the highway, and head north to the southern entrance of the Murray-Sunset National Park, where we drive to the Pink Lakes. At Pink Lakes we view the pink water of these lakes and do other nature walks in the area to see the desert fauna and flora of this part of Outback Victoria.
After lunch we drive back to Ouyen, then north up to the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. On arriving at the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, we do several nature drives and walks around the lakes, spotting kangaroos, emus and water birds. We walk to a lookout to get a view of the desert landscape and spot small birds in the trees and undegrowth.
This park borders Australia's longest river, the Murray River, so we will leave the National park and drive a short distance to see the Murray River, before driving back Ouyen for our night stop.

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in Ouyen.
From: Ouyen
To: Ouyen
Accommodation: 3 Star Motel/Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner.
Included Entrance Fees:
Murray-Sunset National Park
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

 

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Day 4 - Ouyen - Hattah-Kulkyne National Park - Melbourne

This morning we head south along the Calder Highway until we arrive at the town of Sea Lake and Lake Tyrrell.
Lake Tyrrell is a salt water lake and was made famous for its reflection photos of the lakes surface and sky looking like a mirror.
After morning tea in Sea Lake, we drive up to Lake Tyrrell to see the lake and learn of it ecology, and also to take lots of reflection photos.
Departing Lake Tyrrell we continue down the Calder Highway to the gold city of Bendigo for our lunch break. After lunch we travel to Castlemaine to catch our fast train to Melbourne, arriving at Southern Cross Railway Station where we say our goodbyes.

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in Melbourne. 
From: Ouyen.
To: Melbourne.
Accommodation: Under your own arrangements for Melbourne.
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea.
Included Entrance Fees:
Lake Tyrrell
Rail Ticket Castlemaine to Melbourne.

 

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Tour Summary

Highlights

 

  • You will be travelling with an Ecotourism Green Travel Leader, certified by Ecotourism Australia.
  • Little Desert National Park, more than a desert as we see the following;
  • Wimmera River at Horseshoe Bend, significant to the Aboriginal peoples.
  • Pompondaroo Hill Nature Walk, great views of the park and Wimmera river.
  • Kiata walks, chance to spot the endangered Lowan or Malleefowl.
  • Stringybark walks, showcases the diversity of the desert plants and birdlife.
  • Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum in the town of Jeparit, shows life how it was for the pioneer farmers.
  • Lake Hindmarsh is the Victorian outback largest lake.
  • Lake Albacutya is a significient RAMSAR wetland when flooded.
  • Wyperfeld National Park is a vast Mallee park, we visit the following;
  • Wonga / Eastern Lookout nature areas,
  • Mallee Fowl / Desert / Discovery and Snowdrift walks,
  • Murray-Sunset National Park is the largest of the Victorian outback parks, we visit the following;
  • Pink Lakes,
  • Lake Becking / Lake Hardy and Kline nature walks,
  • Hattah-Kulkyne National Park is centred on an impressive lake system with an abundance of wildlife, we visit the following;
  • Lake Hattah & Lake Mournpall,
  • Warepil Lookout walk,
  • Murray River, Australia's longest river.
  • Lake Tyrrell, is known for its sky reflections.

Prices and Departures

Adult Twin Share / Couple $4225AUD

Adult Single $3620AUD

Deposit required on booking: $905AUD
Balance required 14 days before departure date. 


Notes;
1.  The price includes all taxes, entrance fees, meals (B,MT,D) and commissions.
2.  The tour is available all year, except over Easter period and the hot Summer months of December, January, February.
3. *The tour can depart from Ballarat and Geelong. If you wish to depart from Ballarat or Geelong, contact us so we can make arrangements for you.
4.  We are Free Independent Traveller (Solo) friendly. You wont be paying any surcharge and there are no minimum numbers.
5.  Small Group Personalised Tour, group size - 1 to 5 pers. If you have a larger group, contact us so we can make arrangements.
6.  You will be departing and returning to Melbourne by fast train. This reduces the Carbon Footprint & Climate Change impact.
7.  The tour will start on  and finish on .


2020 Departure Dates;
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, we are operating tour on Demand Bookings.
Minimum Number 1 persons to operate tour.
When COVID-19 Restrictions are lifted, we will operate tour on Dedicated Date Bookings.

 

 

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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