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Little Desert

Sand and plants in the Little Desert

The Little Desert National Park stretches all the way from the Wimmera River at Dimboola to the South Australian Border. The Little Desert has many tracks and roads passing through. What you will see and hear will vary through the seasons.

The Little Desert is of high biological significance to Victoria and Australia. The variety of plants, birds and animals in the park is extensive. More than 670 native plant species have been recorded in the area. There are diverse vegetation types, including open heath, yellow gum woodlands, river red gum woodlands, yellow gum woodlands and more. You will also see casuarinas, stringy bark and cypress pines. Take particular note of the variety of smaller plants that grow in the sheltered areas near these larger plants including carnivorous plants and orchids. There are many plant species that are threatened or rare in Victoria.

Some of the birds you may see include the emu, mallee fowl, black swans, Pacific black ducks, wood ducks, grey teal, grebes, cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbill, hawks, wedge-tailed eagle, kites, stilts, plovers, bronzewings, galahs, corellas, parrots, rosellas, butcherbirds, cuckoos, owls, nightjars, king fishers, bee eaters, fairy wrens, pardalotes, thornbills, wattle birds honeyeaters, swallows, finches, ravens and many more. Animals in the park include kangaroos, possums, pigmy possums, stumpy-tailed lizards, bearded dragons, skinks, echidnas, bats, snakes and many more.

Links

ABC Radio National - A Walk in the Park
Find a list of Birds in the Little Desert
Little Desert in Wikipedia
Parks Victoria - Little Desert National Park