Little Desert Discovery Walk


Little Desert Discovery Walk

Little Desert National Park

Dalkaiana Wartaty – Welcome.  The Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk Peoples (collectively Wotjobaluk), the Traditional Owners of this land welcome you to country.

This four-day walk has been designed to showcase the different ecosystems of the Little Desert National Park. These include heathlands, salt lakes, dry woodlands and the Wimmera River also known to the Wotjobaluk Peoples, as Barringgi Gadyin.

Long distance walkers can tackle all or part of the 74 km Desert Discovery Walk. 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.

Places to stay

Horsehoe Bend at Little Desert National Park

Horseshoe Bend Camping Area

Relax on the banks of the Wimmera River, also known to the Wotjobaluk Peoples, Traditional Owners of the area as Barringgi Gadyin. Set amongst ancient River Red Gums and surrounded by a variety of colourful birds you can enjoy fishing, swimming or canoeing or explore some of the easy walks nearby.
Kiata Campground at Little Desert National Park

Kiata Camping Area

Just 10km south of Kiata township this peaceful and picturesque campground is set in among yellow gum and black box woodland. It is a great base from which to explore the semi-arid landscape of the eastern and central area of the park and is home to a rich and diverse array of native flora and fauna.
Mallee Walkers camp at Little Desert National Park

Mallee Walkers Camp

Re-connect with the rawness and true remoteness of this campground in a semi-arid desert. Located on the northern loop of the Little Desert Discovery Walk, halfway between Kiata and Horseshoe Bend camping areas this camp services walkers on the Desert Discovery Walk.

Wildlife and wildflowers

Keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus and other wildlife.

After the spring rains, spectacular orchid displays can be found.



How to get there

Little Desert Discovery Walk

You can begin the Little Desert Discovery Walk either from the Horseshoe Bend, Ackle Bend and Kiata campgrounds or from Conservation Volunteers, Little Desert Nature Lodge.



When to go

Need to know

Little Desert Discovery Walk

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

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    Kiata Camprgound - Road Damage

    Due to recent storm damage, sections of the access road around Kiata Campground are closed for vehicle access.
    Please proceed with caution and follow alternative tracks to access camping areas and toilet blocks.

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