Tae Rak (Lake Condah)

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Tae Rak is made up of 1,700 hectares of significant wetlands and stony rises right next to the historic lava flows of Budj Bim National Park in south-west Victoria.

Tae Rak itself was probably formed about 8,000 years ago as a result of the basalt flow impounding the flow of the Darlot Creek and Condah Swamp outfall. Gunditjmara people witnessed the explosion of Budj Bim volcano and knew it to be the revelation of an important Creation Ancestor.

Key Features of Interest

  • Traditional Aquaculture Centre - opened in 2021.
  • Bush tucker style Café
  • Eelholdin tank
  • Eel smoking & tasting facility
  • Extensive range of stone aquaculture sites
  • Stone walls
  • Birdlife and other wildlife

Future Plans for the Site

  • Water based activities
  • Improved driving / cycling / walking tracks to Budj Bim National Park and around Tae Rak


Kooyang (short-finned eel) habitat

Threatened Tiger Quoll habitat

Stone aquaculture sites

Visit Us

Visitor Guide


The Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre is located on the shores of Tae Rak (Lake Condah) and is open to the public Wenesday to Sunday each week. Admission is free.

The centre houses a Bush Tucker Café serving meals 10am~2pm, and coffee & cake all day, as well as a retail space and a tour desk. The centre also houses a kooyang display tank for visitors to take a look at live short-finned eels (Anguilla australis).

Access is via Vaughans Road, Breakaway Creek, Victoria, 3303.

The business is closed and the site gate is locked Monday's & Tueadays. There is insufficient turning space on the road leading up to the site to U-turn a vehicle towing a campervan or caravan on these days.

Other Cultural Sites

Lake Condah Mission Recreation

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


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 and camping area for the Gunditjmara people.

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