A few kilometres west along the Mallee Highway from Ouyen, Underbool and neighbouring Walpeup service grain farmers and graziers working a relatively narrow strip of country sandwiched between the great parklands of the Mallee.
Directly to the north of the township lie Murray Sunset and Haitah-Kulkyne national parks, while Wyperfeld National Park, Big Desert Wilderness Park and Ngarkat Conservation form a huge green buffer to the south.
Each of the parks has its own distinctive character and its loyal band of regular visitors, but the Murray Sunset is the best known. Stretching into the north-west corner of the state, it is Victoria’s second largest national park and one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment remains virtually untouched. The name has been inspired by the breath-taking sunsets which, together with the wide open landscapes and starry nights beg the visitor to spend a couple of days paying homage to nature.