Kooyang Yana | Kooyang Walk | Full Day Tour
The tour starts with a visit to the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)
Kurtonitj (meaning 'crossing place') is in the centre of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and has historical stone kooyang (eel) traps and stone channels, stone house sites and eel smoking trees. Your guide will show you these sites, as well as an area of lava flow featuring two weirs and a dam associated with trapping and holding kooyang.
After Kurtonitj the tour continues on to Lake Gorrie where you will enjoy morning tea before a short guided walk. The site is an example of a well prserved drystone wall sheep wash, built by Gunditjmara people and used by early pastoralists. Constructed in the mid 1800’s, the drystone walls demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship and skill in their construction and have been deemed of archaeological significance by the State of Victoria. There are large numbers of Karrayn (grey kangaroo) living here.
After Lake Gorrie visit Budj Bim National Park, where yoru Gunditmara guide will lead a cultural walk with key features of interest including Lake Surprise, caves, surrounding forest, and native wildlife.
After visiting Budj Bim National Park, return to the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Café for lunch.
After lunch you will enjoy a Guided Cultural Walk of Tae Rak (Lake Condah) and the surrounding wetlands. Your guide will take you to the southern and eastern sides of the lake for a cultural talk and a look at the:
- Extensive range of stone aquaculture sites
- Stone walls
- Birdlife and other wildlife
The walking tour finishes back at the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Cafe at approx 4pm. From here we transfer you back to Heywood to arrive at around 4:30pm.
Tour Fee Includes:
Gunditjmara Aboriginal guide, transport, guided cultural walks, access fees, morning tea and light lunch.
A kooyang (eel) tasting plate can be ordered for an additional cost.
Did you know?
Kurtonitj (meaning 'crossing place') is sacred to the Gunditjmara people with enormous cultural, archaeological and environmental significance.