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Little Desert Mallee Explorer







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In Victoria’s north-west lies the Mallee; a dry, hot region featuring sand dunes, salt bushes, shrubs and a ‘strange dwarf gum trees. It also features timeless walking across vast stretches of rolling dunes and ephemeral lakes that twinkle in the setting sun. Millions of years has gone into the making of the spectacular area – perfectly timed for you to now enjoy this incredible and remote part of Victoria.

Four massive Wilderness and National Parks including Wyperfeld, Big Desert, Murray-Sunset and Hattah-Kulkyne make up a huge proportion of Victoria’s reserve system and you now have the opportunity to explore this region with our support and guidance.This northern Victoria expedition, for that is what it is, will have you scaling rocky outcrops on the way north to overlook in awe at both rocky escarpments and far reaching flat landscapes. You also enjoy exploring the seemingly endless interior of the Mallee parks over three days with sunrise and sunset walks, longer forays and short wanders. Of course, you are always supported by our best TSA guides, sleep in comfort for the night and enjoy relaxing meals – this is a journey and an area like no other.

The Little Desert National Park is the place to walk if you love sandy trails and wide open spaces. Wander through the old eucalypts and view dry lake beds as you spend the morning looking for unique wildflowers and taking lots of photos of the landscape. The trails have some shade but be prepared for some warm walking and you can spend the day in your easiest trail shoes or runners because it’s so soft underfoot.

When you hit the northern grampians, the contract is unexpected. From the soft sands of the Mallee to the rugged granite outcrops of Mt Zero and the Arapalies, you will get stunning 360 views of the flatness that surrounds this gnarly region. You may need some leg muscles now for the short sharp tracks as we explore these exciting areas, and have your camera on hand to photograph waterfalls, wildflowers and the now lush vegetation.

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No hassle, no stress

Itinerary, accommodation, food...TSA has it covered! Join us on this adventure without the stress of organisation so you can focus on getting the most out of your trip.

Expert guidance

Highly trained and experienced tour guides who bring the adventures to life. Our guides are remote first-aid trained and carry powerful UHF radios, PLBs, and first-aid kits.

Great community

Create long-lasting connections and friendships with like-minded people. Our community is one of the largest hiking communities in Australia and we're growing every year!

Hiking and scenery

Experience the best wildlife, scenery, and trails around the world. We take you on the paths less travelled to create unforgettable memories.

Tour Highlights

  • Three nights accommodation in lovely lodge.
  • 1 full day walk through the desert
  • 2 short desert walks
  • 2 rocky escarpment walks in the northern Grampians
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks – provided by our accommodation
  • Great social fun with support and encouragement
  • Supported by Take Shape adventures best guides

What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation, twin share
    • We base this tour from our twin share accommodation  where you’ll see the most spectacular sunsets from the veranda
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
    • The food will be provided by our accommodation. Preparing delicious and nutritious dinners, lunches and breakfasts. TSA will continue to provide all your delicious trail snacks.
  • Experienced and qualified guides
    • Highly trained and experienced tour guides who will bring the adventures to life. Our all guides are remote first aid trained and carry powerful UHF radios and PLB’s and first aid kits.
  • Scenery
    • This is the perfect opportunity to explore the remote North-West side of Victoria, from desert and grassy plains to rocky escarpments. Enjoy wonderful views and stunning sunsets and sunrises.


Day 1 Day 1 - Ballarat and Hollow Mountain
Head away from Melbourne for 4 days of wilderness and exploration, starting in the Northern Grampians with short, scrambling walks to superb lookouts of the surrounding countryside.
Day 2 Day 2 - Wyperfield National Park
Head into Wyperfeld National Park for a long day walk around the Mallee desert areas of northern Victoria, taking in beautiful, vast countryside.
Day 3 Day 3 - Little Desert National Park
Explore the Little Desert National Park, with a selection of walks to showcase high points, meandering river valleys, and the famous Mallee forests. Be enthralled on an evening sunset walk.
Day 4 Day 4 - Mount Arapiles
Discover incredible rock formations on Mount Arapiles. Enjoy a more relaxed pace on the walk out to Fish Falls and soak those tired feet. Hopefully we can squeeze in an ice-cream at Halls Gap before the drive home.


Twin share accommodation with ensuite bathrooms. This is basic, comfortable accommodation with less focus on luxury and more on nature, with a resident Emu, George who greets guests. Sit back on the terrace with your morning coffee and watch the kangaroos on the lawn. If you'd like a private room, please get in touch to check available.


The food will be provided by both accommodation and our very own guides. We can cater for any nutritional needs. We also provide snacks on the trail, so you just need to pack the essentials in your day pack. Make sure you bring a water bottle or camel pack.

Where we're going

Mallee, Little Desert, Northern Grampians, VIC

What our adventurers have said

Absolutely wonderful trip, thanks Adrian (and TSA)for hosting and guiding us around Little Desert National Park and The Grampians over 4 days. For anyone considering this tour or wanting to experience a different region of Victoria, this is one to do! Guarantee you will learn something new, be amazed with nature and return home feeling inspired to get out even more! - Alicia


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