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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 July 2020via mobile
Our family of 4 absolutely loved this outpost - quiet, natural and rustic. Be prepared to fuel your own breakfast and meals. Eat dinner at Mr Le in Nhill. Amazing array of birds on view including George, the worlds friendliest emu and a pen full of
Kangaroo rats. You might spot a rare mallee fowl in the brush. The lodge has walking tracks that abut the actual Little Desert- unique terrain and interesting even I the rainy season. Plenty of small and large natural adventures to be had. Highly recommend for nature lovers and families.
Date of stay: July 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
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      Reviewed 7 November 2019

      Spent 5 nights at an Astronomy weekend for about 80 enthusiasts , magnificent dark skies .
      Camping and caravan sites spacious and convenient .
      New owners very cooperative in setting up reduced light environment , and working hard to rejuvenate facilities allowed to deteriorate by previous managers .
      A secured area for wildlife and home to George , resident emu and sometime consumer of lens caps ; you have been warned , it's his place and that's what he does , while we were there he was in splendid isolation in his own suite for our protection .

      Room tip: Shared kitchen with hot water , toaster , microwave and fridges . Guest lounge with flat screen TV . Wifi on way .
      Date of stay: October 2019
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      Reviewed 17 October 2019

      The room spotless and well presented
      Meals in the big dining room excellent
      There were self guides trails to explore
      The night feeding of the Betongs very special
      Birds in abundance plus the very elusive Mallee Fowl
      And George !
      Bonus no TV

      Date of stay: October 2019
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      Reviewed 18 August 2019

      An absolutely beautiful place to spend a few days. The flora and fauna in the Little Desert easy-walking south of the Lodge are a joy to see and feel.
      The Lodge was established about 20 years ago but had become a bit worn and sad. But the new owners took it over in July 2019 and (with a little help from the Victorian government) are in the process of restoring the accommodation facility to its intended glory - and they are doing a great job. Make it a must for your next weekend get-away.
      Noel Murphy - with no financial, friend or family association with the owners of the Lodge

      Date of stay: August 2019
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      Reviewed 17 May 2019

      It is such a shame and disappointment for the locals that surround this wonderful piece of land called The Little Desert that the Lodge has closed. Somehow the owners never seem to be able to get it 'up and running' and when they do it all fizzles out. We need to have this Resort re activated and someone to take it over who is serious about hospitality. It has provision for caravans, camping, kitchen, BBQ, luxury accommodation, student quarters for schools to visit and get into the studies of the area. So peaceful for those who 'just wanna get away' and lose themselves for awhile. The property caters for a Manager on site, weddings, functions, educational, conferences and the list goes on. Please if someone out there can come up with an answer to this place and save it from ruin please let us folk at Nhill know about it. We need to re-open this place asap. Spring is coming upon us and is the best time of the year in the Western part of Victoria & am sure George the house emu (welcoming committee) would be happy to see some nomads, guests come into the gated area and enjoy the ambience of the place. The gates closed couple months ago and is I understand UP FOR SALE. This property is 50 years old this year and was built by a well known identity Wimpy Reichelt and wife Maureen (dec) who had wonderful vision way back then. We need some large hospitality company to get in and fix it. WOW that would be wonderful.
      Helen of Nhill

      Date of stay: May 2019
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      Reviewed 13 November 2018

      We spent two nights here recently with a focus on looking for birds in the mallee. The room was clean and well appointed but lacked the ability to cook or store food items. There was a communal kitchen area and refrigerator but the tools and cookingpots and pans were rather old and in need of replacement. Excellent walking paths in the malle to wander and look for birds or view the unique flora but, again, the interpretive brochure to accompany the numbered locati9ns on the path was missing half the items and a number of the directional signs were faded beyond legibility or missing entirely. Perhaps we were ther between seasons but we were disappointed in the lax approach to the propert upkeep.

      Date of stay: October 2018
      • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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