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Big Desert & Hermans Hill

Do the words ‘Big Desert’ conjure up a plane trip or days on the road and searing heat?

Well, just five hours from Melbourne and four hours from Adelaide, Victoria has its own Big Desert and we do not want to keep it a secret any longer.

Untouched wilderness - 13,500 hectares of it! That is about the size of 3,000 football ovals.

Sandstone ridges, dunes, Mallee scrub and heath. Home to over 200 species of birds, the pigmy possum, the hopping mouse, more than 50 species of lizards and snakes to name a few.

Bring your map, compass and walking boots; your 4WD, camera and water containers.

You will enjoy the feeling of remoteness and appreciate the wildness of the landscape, even though you are only hours from home.


Hermans Hill

A few kilometres west of Lake Hindmarsh, you will find Hermans Hill.

With an elevation of 166 metres on top of a vegetated sand-hill, it is one of those rare things in a desert, a look out. And the views that it looks out at are beautiful.

The well-marked walking track rises 25 metres from the carpark with information signs about the desert flora and fauna along the route.

Further information about camping

Further information about Flora and Fauna


Motels, Cabins, Caravan Parks and Camping. There are plenty of options for your short or long view page


Gourmet preserves, lunches and a coffee like Brunswick view page


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