Little Desert National Park, Tourism Victoria

Population 1919

The name of this town is derived from the Aboriginal word 'nyell', meaning 'white mist on water'. Nhill is exactly halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, and claims to have the largest single-bin silo in the Southern Hemisphere. The town is a good starting point for tours of Little Desert National Park.

Visitor Information

Victoria St; (03) 5391 3086


Nearby national parks

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

Nearby towns

  • Dimboola

    Dimboola, on the Wimmera River, is a key access point to the Little Desert National Park. The area was home to the Wotjobaluk Aboriginal...more

  • Jeparit

    This little town in the Wimmera is 5 kilometres south-east of Lake Hindmarsh, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria...more

  • Natimuk

    Natimuk is popular for its proximity to Mount Arapiles, a 369-metre sandstone monolith that has been described as 'Victoria's Ayers Rock'....more

In Town

Historical Society Museum: open Thurs, Fri or by appt; McPherson St.

Cottage of John Shaw Neilson (lyric poet): open by appt; Jaypex Park, Victoria St.

Boardwalk: scenic walk from Jaypex Park to Nhill Lake.

Lowana Craft Shop: local crafts; Victoria St.

Self-guide historical walk: details from visitor centre.


Little Desert National Park: during spring, more than 600 varieties of wildflowers and over 40 types of ground orchids flourish in this 132 647 ha park. With nearly 600 km of tracks, it is ideal for four-wheel driving, but perhaps the best way to appreciate the colourful spring display is on foot: for keen hikers, there is the 84 km Desert Discovery Walk. The Little Desert Lodge is in the central section of the park, south of Nhill, and is a departure point for day tours and a popular place to stay. There are walking trails in the central and western sections. 15 km S. lately dry, once offered fantastic birdwatching with bird hides provided; 20 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Dimboola 37 km

At first sight the Wimmera River didn’t look special. Barely flowing, it consisted of sandbars and fallen trees interspersed with shallows and a few deeper holes below the timber. I was fishing with local anglers... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Little Desert National Park 27 km

This park contains one-fifth of all flowering plant species in Victoria. The elusive mallee fowl and rare scrub robin live amid the 600 kilometres of tracks that go out to remote sections of the park near the South... Find out more

Campsites around town

Kiata camping area 18 km

Kiata campground is in the eastern block of Little Desert National Park. It’s at the end of Kiata South Rd, which runs off the Western Hwy between Nhill and Dimboola. Head to the nearby picnic area to take the... Find out more

Bush camping 32 km

Bush camping is allowed in the central and western blocks of the national park. You’ll need a 4WD to tackle the terrain away from the established campgrounds and picnic areas. Consult the park ranger about... Find out more

Four Mile Beach camping ground 34 km

Four Mile Beach has more facilities than any of the other campsites around Lake Hindmarsh, including powered sites and a kiosk selling basic foodstuffs; the trade-off is that this is the only place in the reserve where... Find out more

Picnic Point Beach camping ground 37 km

Picnic Point Beach, which lies just north of where the Wimmera River empties into Lake Hindmarsh, is a good place for some solitude. From the Nhill–Jeparit Rd, detour onto unsealed Lake Rd, which runs up along the... Find out more

Schulzes Beach camping area 37 km

This campground is located on the western shore of Lake Hindmarsh, where it has some impressive river red gums for company. South of here, at Antwerp on the road to Dimboola, you’ll find what’s left of the... Find out more

Horseshoe Bend camping area 38 km

Horseshoe Bend is on the eastern boundary of Little Desert National Park, on the Wimmera River opposite Wail State Forest. North of here is the Pomponderoo Hill Nature Walk, which takes in a scenic lookout and some of... Find out more

Ackle Bend camping area 38 km

Ackle Bend is on the Wimmera River in the eastern block of Little River National Park, just south of Horseshoe Bend. The walk north along the river yields some great views. Other leisurely pursuits available here include... Find out more

Williamsons Beach camping area 46 km

Just off the Nhill–Rainbow Rd, at the northern tip of Lake Hindmarsh, is this serene campground. Note the lack of facilities here, and that the access road is sometimes inaccessible after rain; check before you... Find out more

Broken Bucket camping area 47 km

Despite the name, bore water is available at Broken Bucket, and there are toilets here as well. It’s signposted some 53 km north of Nhill and almost 40 km south of The Springs camping area. Note: if you’re... Find out more

The Wattles camping area 47 km

After skirting the western edge of Lake Hindmarsh, the Nhill–Rainbow Rd crosses over Outlet Creek, heading east. It’s here, at the northern foreshore of the lake, that you’ll find the track leading down... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Nhill Caravan Park 1 km

This is a convenient park on the Western Highway, on the western outskirts of Nhill. It has good basic amenities and is conveniently located midway between Melbourne and Adelaide.... Find out more

Kaniva Caravan Park 37 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned caravan park with no full-time attendee. Take a site and the caretaker will call by. The park, with basic facilities and nice grassy sites, is situated next door to the town pool.... Find out more

Horsham Caravan Park 66 km

Located on the banks of the Wimmera River, close to the town centre, this good quality park is council owned but operated by the YMCA. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 68 km

This is a spacious park on the fringe of Horsham, 4 km south-east of town on the Western Highway. It has a range of facilities including a tennis court and spa. It is a good base for exploring the local area. Bookings... Find out more

Bordertown Caravan Park 79 km

This is a very tidy park with good facilities, right in the heart of town. It is budget priced and easily accessible from the Western Highway.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Little Desert Nature Lodge, Nhill 14 km

Set on 117 hectares of bushland beside Little Desert National Park, the lodge has 24 rooms with ensuite bathrooms, or 16 bunkrooms with shared facilities. By staying here, you are helping support projects such as the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Camerons Reserve rest area 14 km

26km E of Kaniva (R) or 14km W of Nhill (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Native Waterhole rest area 16 km

16km E of Nhill (R) or 22km W of Dimboola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Kiata camping area 18 km

T/O at Kiata

Large open area 12km (partly unsealed) south of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Little Desert National Park.

Wimmera River rest area 31 km

32km E of Nhill (L) or 6km W of Dimboola (R)

Just off the highway near the river.

Ackle Bend camping area 38 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Horseshoe Bend camping area 39 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Wail rest area 45 km

10km SE of Dimboola (L) or 26km NW of Horsham (R)

Just off the highway among some trees near the railway overpass.

South Australian Border rest area 61 km

18km E of Bordertown (R) or 25km W of Kaniva (L)

Just off the highway among trees at the state border.

Western Beach Camp Area 67 km

T/O to Rainbow

On the shore of the (dry) lake 17 kilometres northwest of Rainbow via Hopetoun Road and Albacutya Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Yaapeet Beach Camp Area 71 km

T/O to Yaapeet

On the shore of the (dry) lake 3 kilometres (unsealed) west of Yaapeet via Kenmare Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Burnt Creek rest area 72 km

7km SE of Horsham (L) or 60km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Brim camping area 74 km

At Brim

On the shores of a lake 1km off the highway via the main street of Brim.

Lake Green rest area 76 km

12km SE of Horsham (R) or 55km NW of Stawell (L)

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.

Bordertown park area 79 km

At Bordertown

Off the highway on the main road through town at Tolmer Park.

Wonga Camp Area 90 km

T/O to Yaapeet

In an open bush setting 27 kilometres (part unsealed) north of Yaapeet via Park Road in Wyperfeld National Park.

Stapylton camping area 93 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Large area in Grampians National Park. Located 48km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians and Olive Plantation rds.

Hopetoun camping area 94 km

At Hopetoun

On the shores of Lake Lascelles. Donations accepted.

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 95 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.

Cherrypool rest area 99 km

55km N of Cavendish (R) or 50km S of Horsham (L)

Just off the highway on the banks of a river. 

What's on around town

Boxing Day Races: Dec.

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