3. For a weeklong escape: 4WD tour the Mallee Drive
If you’ve been itching for a week-long 4WD escape, load up your rig, and hit the road. Your destination? The Mallee Drive.
You’ll need a kitted up convoy and at least a couple of 4WD companions for this voyage through 625 kilometres of Victoria’s driest region into the Murray Valley Sunset and Wyperfeld National Park.
Classed as a ‘medium difficulty’ this touring route will have you testing the capability of your rig and off-road driving techniques.
Kick off the first leg of the trip from the entrance of Wyperfeld National Park, 40 kilometres west of Hopetoun. From there take the 15 kilometres circuit loop to the Eastern Lookout over Mallee country and back past the dry beds of Lake Agnes and white sand dunes.
Trade your four wheels for a pair of walking shoes and explore the woodland and dunes by foot, before heading back uphill to O’Sullivan’s Lookout.
There’s a few options to pitch your tent on your way through the National Park for a night or two. The Snow Drift Picnic Area, Casuarina Campground and the Wonga Campground are all within the National Park and provide basic campground facilities.
For the next leg of your weeklong trip, take the Mallee Highway to Pink Lakes Road and into the Murray-Sunset National Park.
Set up a base camp at Lake Crosbie and Lake Becking campgrounds, just a short walk from the photogenic Pink Lakes, which burst into life at sunrise and sunset each day.
There’s plenty of walking trails around the lakes, with many of the local kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and emus, making an entrance.
If you’re eager to keep exploring the terrain, a little further north is Mt Crozier Campground. Feeling adventurous? Hike up the summit of Mt Crozier for a rewarding view of sprawling desert and dunes below
Next up, Shearers Quarters Campground is where you’ll find the old shearers quarters. If you’ve got bikes with you, it’s a great spot to set up a base camp and explore the smaller dirt tracks.
If you’re keen to keep moving, take a 77-kilometre detour to Red Bluff Camping Area along the South Australian border before making your way back to where you began at the Wyperfeld National Park.