Budj Bim National Park

Overview  

Budj Bim National Park is co-managed by GMTOAC and Parks Victoria.

Budj Bim is a Gunditjmara name for Mount Eccles, a volcano located within the Western Victorian Volcanic Plains. The volcano is inactive. The Gunditjmara call the area 'Tungatt Mirring' or Stone Country.

The last major eruption of the Budj Bim volcano is understood by Gunditjmara to be when the Ancestral Creator revealed himself, between 30,000 and 39,000 years ago, spewing lava across a distance of over 50 kilometres west and south towards the sea, dramatically altering the areas waterways and wetlands.

The lava flow provided the environments necessary for the Gunditjmara to develop an extensive and complex aquaculture network. The quantities of food produced allowed for and supported semi-permanent settlements. The success of the aquaculture system was such that excess kooyang (short-finned eel) supported large-scale ceremonial events and trade with neighbouring groups.

Lake Surprise site offers a scenic location with crater lake views and walks, and nature based recreation including camping, walking, mountain biking and 4WDing. The lake is 700 meters long and is teeming with fish and birds. The colour of the water changes, varying from deepest blue to green, depending on the lake sediments and levels of algae that are present.

Key Features of Interest

  • Lake Surprise
  • Lava tunnels
  • Cave
  • Forest
  • Wildlife including extensive koala population

Future Plans for the Site

  • A refurbished visitor interpretations building
  • Improved toilet facilities
  • New multi-layered interpretations system around crater edge
  • A new cantilevered lookout and walkway on the crater rim

FAST FACTS

Over 300,000 yers old

Now extinct volcano

Camping, walking

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Visitor Guide

                    

Budj Bim National Park (formerly Mount Eccles) is Victoria’s first co-managed national park. The park is managed by Gunditjmara Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria.

Budj Bim Campground

The campground lies in protected hollows between rocky ridges from lava flows approximately 250 metres from the crater rim. Toilets, water (untreated, natural supply), hot showers and ten shared fireplaces are provided.

The picnic ground has two sheltered gas barbecues with tables, and an information shelter.

The campground has campsites of various sizes, some suitable for small caravans and camper-trailers. Camping fees apply for all sites and bookings are required.

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4WDing and Cycling

A number of tracks are open to vehicles and mountain bikes to share. Drivers and cyclists are asked to be aware of and alert for bush walkers.

Bush Walking

Natural Bridge - 3.2km - 2 hours return. Moderate

Lake Surprise - 2km - 1 hur circuit. Moderate

Crater Rim - 2.6km - 2 hour circuit. Moderate

Lava Canal - 6.5km - 3 hour circuit. Moderate

Other Cultural Sites

Lake Kondah Mission reconstruction

Lake Condah Mission

A community meeting place, an administrative centre, a symbol of political struggle and a link to Gunditjmara family histories.

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Kurtonitj - Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Kurtonitj

A cultural site with stone eel traps and stone channels, stone house sites and eel smoking trees.

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Tyrendarra Ipa

Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area

A traditional meeting place, ceremonial site and camping area for the Gunditjmara people.

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