Things To Do

Explore the Mallee

Many areas of the grazing lease were added to the existing Wyperfeld National Park in 1996, providing the Lodge with an ideal location surrounded by the national park. Around the grounds of the Pine Plains Lodge you can still find some of the original thatched buildings and relics of the cattle station life.

Our verandahs enjoy beautiful scenic views.  During your stay, you’ll get to experience glorious sunrises, lingering sunsets, and long sunny days that showcase the true Australian outback.

The O’Sullivan family has been a part of the Pine Plains area for over 120 years. Feel free to chat to us you would like to know more about the flora and fauna of the local area, as well as plenty of available bush hikes and driving tracks to explore the Mallee. View Our Image Gallery

Bird Watching

Nestled in the Wyperfeld National Park we are one of the few places in Victoria you may catch sight of a Major Mitchell pair, the elusive Mallee Fowl or a large selection of parrots right on your doorstep. Bird watching tours can be arranged with prior notice.


Flora and Fauna

There is an abundance of native wildlife to be sighted at Pine Plains and throughout the National Park including kangaroos, emus, goannas, frilled neck lizards and echidnas. There is also some not so native wildlife with our resident camels!

The Wyperfeld National Park surrounding Pine Plains showcases the unique Mallee landscape including it’s wild flowers, Mallee scrub, massive red gums, box trees, and dry lake and creek beds.


4x4/Off Road Motorbiking

Sand tracks are throughout the park and 4 x 4 is a great way to explore it’s expanse. We can assist you to determine which tracks will best suit your driving preference or vehicle capacity.



Many trails are scattered throughout the National Park including that walked by the infamous bushranger Mad Dog Morgan. If lucky you may even find his alleged buried treasure, although you would need to share that with us!!!!


Star Gazing

There are very few places you could go to get a better appreciation for the Mallee’s big skies. By day the observatory is a great way to appreciate the dry lakes and sheer size of the National Park.


Snow Drift

Snow drift is located 2km from the Lodge and is an attraction on its own. Whether to appreciate the breathtaking landscape, test your fitness, slide down or expend children’s energy it is well worth the climb to the top! Sleds are supplied at the Lodge for your enjoyment.


Our Location

Wyperfeld National Park is located 450 km north-west of Melbourne. To Pine Plains Lodge from Melbourne, take the Western Highway A8 to Ballarat, then take the Sunraysia Highway B220 to Speed and then Patchewollock.

From Patchewollock to Pine Plains it is about a 15-20min drive on good gravel road. Open a Printer Friendly Map

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