Days five to eight
Mildura and surrounds
Near Wentworth, Perry Sandhills comprise 10 hectares of striking red dunes that were once part of the huge Willandra Lakes system and date back to an ice age 40,000 years ago. In Mildura, Kings Billabong is home to majestic river red gums, wetlands and a variety of birdlife and great walking trails.
Be sure to go north to the world-famous Mungo National Park. It's not hard to be awestruck by the ancient dunes known as the Great Walls of China, where you'll discover the park's incredible Indigenous heritage. Then head south of Mildura to Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, on the Murray floodplain, which attracts birds and wildlife superbly adapted to the conditions.
To the west, remote Murray-Sunset National Park has an ethereal beauty, vast open spaces and colourful spring wildflowers, and is best visited with a 4WD in the cooler months.
As with many of Victoria's remote natural wonderlands, your best bet for spotting wildlife (and getting the most out of your journey) is to go with a registered tour company that knows the top spots for explore. Companies such as Discover Mildura and Murray Offroad Adventures offer day trips out of Mildura to these parks, taking the hassle out of the drive for you, and ensuring you get the most out of your visit. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours offer a four-day tour including Mungo National Park.