Tae Rak (Lake Condah)


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

  • Extensive range of stone aquaculture sites
  • Stone walls
  • Birdlife and other wildlife

Future Plans for the Site

  • Traditional Aquaculture Centre planned to open in 2021.
  • Eel smoking & tasting facility
  • 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

Visitor access is currently restricted and managed by Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (GMTOAC).

A ‘Traditional Aquaculture Centre’ is planned to open in 2021.

Visitor Update December 2020

Construction of new infrastructure across five Budj Bim locations has commenced in December 2020.

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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