Little Desert Victoria

Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 14:58
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Hi there,

we had the day off on Saturday so we thought we'd pay the Little Desert in Vic a visit. Coming from Melbourne we'll have 2 cars (a GU Patrol & a 200 Series Cruiser both with basic mods such as 2.5inch lift, Cooper ST Maxx 33s, winch, snorkel etc) and as drivers we have only been 4WDing a couple years (and being from Melbourne we only have a bit of sand driving experience) but we have done about 6 trips to the outback so we are used to remote touring. Any suggestions for some good tracks that are easy to medium and can be done in a day?

Cheers!
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 16:59

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 16:59
G'day Philby,
We regularly go out in that park as we have a Conservation property that is on the park boundary.
Pretty dry this year as the winter rains didn't come. Very easy 4wd country but if it rains (I wish!) the clay pans are very slippery.

You can spend the day enjoying a drive on the tracks heading West from the Nhill Harrow rd in the CENTRAL block of the park.
The nicest route is not straight thru the Mcdonald Hwy (a sandy track!)

1.Basically head west & go thru the Red gum track (morning break here although a recent burn in this area)
2. Continue on Crater track
3. Make your way down to the McDonald hwy
4. Veer off south on Lawloit track then take a right (west) to Sister hills. Look out for the small parking area on your right & be sure to walk up to the lookout for views to distant Mt Arapiles & a panorama over the park.
5. Then take Sambells track to Broughton Water hole. Very nice spot for lunch under the Red Gums.
6. Back onto the Mcdonald hwy West till you get to the Kaniva Edenhope road.

A very enjoyable day out I reckon.
Jump on the Parks Vic website for a PDF map. All well signposted so you won't get lost.

Don't tell too many people though that the Wimmera/Mallee is so nice or we might have to share it!
Also don't run over the Mallee fowl if you are fortunate enough to see one.

Cheers
Stu
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Follow Up By: Philby - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 09:22

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 09:22
Thank you so much! Such a good guide and you can't beat local knowledge (doesn't get much more local than you live boarding the park).

Cheers!
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Follow Up By: Philby - Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 22:20

Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 22:20
Thanks again @Bushranger1 for your advice. We had an amazing day and thanks to the great weather which meant the tracks were super easy we managed to explore some other parts of the park too.
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