Budj Bim National Park

Budj Bim National Park

Budj Bim National Park


Budj Bim National Park

Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Gunditjmara Traditional Owners have to Budj Bim National Park, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

We’re proud to work with Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation in the co-management of this Aboriginal cultural landscape.

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Budj Bim and the natural wonders of this ancient, volcanic landscape. Budj Bim National Park visitor area is home to a tranquil crater lake, lava canals and caves in a lush bushland setting. Enjoy a picnic, camp and walk among Manna Gums teeming with native wildlife.

A truly fascinating place, Budj Bim is one of several places in this area’s rich cultural landscape formed by powerful ancestral creation forces. Many visitors return to explore and relax in the tranquil surrounds. The wider Budj Bim Heritage Landscape dates back thousands of years and shows evidence of large, settled communities systematically farming and smoking eels for food and trade. The Heritage Landscape area is considered one of Victoria’s earliest and largest Indigenous aquaculture ventures, and has recently been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List recognised solely for its Aboriginal cultural values.

Budj Bim Campground is set among lava rock and tall, twisted Manna Gum trees. These are a favourite food source for koalas, so look up!

Explore the dramatic volcanic features of Budj Bim on foot. Walk through the lava flow canals, stroll around the crater's rim or follow the lake shoreline below. See the rocky walls, lava caves and canals on the four walking options and learn about the natural wonder of the creation forces.

Bring a mountain bike and cycle the Budj Bim Trail. Break up the journey and camp along the way at Allambie, Murphy’s Hut and Lake Gorrie.

Budj Bim is one of the world's finest examples of ancient aquaculture and engineering and now, thanks to laser mapping technology, new discoveries are revealing the sophisticated and sustainable engineering techniques used by Australia's Traditional Owners. Learn more from the video below.

As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Budj Bim National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do in the area

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Budj Bim Campground

Budj Bim Campground is nestled among forested rocky hollows and ridges formed by lava flows from an ancient volcanic eruption. Camp within walking distance of Lake Surprise, a crater lake with several short walks exploring the ancient and fascinating volcanic landscape of Budj Bim. Resident koalas and kangaroos are easily seen.
A four wheel drive crosses the Howqua River in the Alpine National Park.

Four wheel driving and trail bike riding

Explore a myriad of tracks available for vehicles and mountain bikes to share.
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Lake Surprise

Follow the Lake Surprise Walk from the lookout and descend to walk around the crater-lake's edge. The longer Lava Canal circuit Walk reveals some amazing features including lava blisters, Tunnel Cave, Natural Bridge and a dry crater as it returns to the start offering views out into the park and down into the crater.

Wildlife and Nature


Tours and adventure experiences in parks

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There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know the all best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Budj Bim National Park

Macarthur is the nearest town to the Visitor Area and Campground. Hamilton is the nearest city to this end of the park. Lake Surprise, the walking tracks and campground are a very short walk or drive from the picnic area.

When to go

Summer brings lazy afternoons under Manna Gums, picnics on the grass and evenings in the campground. This is the season of eels (kooyang) and butterflies (ballambar). Spot butterflies such as the Australian Painted Lady and Yellow Admiral fluttering around Budj Bim.

Camping & accommodation

Book your campsite to stay amoung the koala habitat of manna gums in Budj Bim National Park
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Need to know

Budj Bim National Park

Budj Bim National Park

Mount Eccles Road
Macarthur VIC 3286
13 1963
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