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Yanipy Nature Reserve is primarily set up for outdoor education for school groups, however, it is open to the public and a terrific free camping spot located only a few kms from town. This site gives a good indication of the Little Desert area for those on limited time. The site has campfires, a table and seating, shelter hut and pit toilet, but please remember to take all rubbish with you as these areas are not serviced. There are linked walking tracks extending from the camp area with orienteering leaflet available inside the hut. Subject to rainfall, a small dam, just north-east of the hut provides a peaceful spot for bird-watching, as does the Gum Flat Swamp. Bird life includes Yellow and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Parrots, Cockatoos, Honeyeaters, Pardalotes, Raptors, Thornbills, Martins, Owls, Whistlers, Wrens and Heathwrens.
Various orchids can be found close to the camping area, particularly in springtime. The site is situated along the Kaniva-Edenhope Rd, it is quite hidden and easy to go past, so slow down as you pass the carrot farm. The road into the camp site is 4WD only, however you can park and walk along the sandy road if you do not have 4WD access. From here, you can also continue on to Broughton's Water hole and take in the Little Desert McDonalds highway (also 4WD only).
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