Lake Surprise provides an overview of the Budj Bim concept with special themes relating to volcanic and landscape creation stories.
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.
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 site offers basic camping (22 sites) and well maintained BBQ and picnic facilities.
Key Features of Interest
- Lake Surprise
- Lava tunnels
- 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
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. Camp fees apply for all sites and bookings are required.
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