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
Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre
Budj Bim Campground
Four wheel driving and trail bike riding
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Budj Bim National Park
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Need to know
Budj Bim National Park
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Night time park closure Budj Bim National ParkBudj Bim National Park will be closed between 5pm and 7am each night for invasive species control from 24th May through to August 2023. The campground will remain open.
How we keep it special
The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is a unique place with universal heritage values that demonstrate how Gunditjmara people worked with the natural resources and environment of the Victorian south west region to establish a permanent place of human society over the past 30,000 years and beyond.
The Ngootyoong Gunditj Ngootyoong Mara South West Management Plan is a strategic guide for managing and protecting over 130 parks, reserves and Indigenous Protected Areas in south-west Victoria, including Budj Bim National Park.
Koala population management
Protected within the Budj Bim World Heritage Listed area is Victoria's largest remaining Stony Rises Woodland community. This vegetation type is dominated by Manna Gum, the koala’s preferred food tree. To prevent over browsing and decline in the tree condition it is necessary to manage the koala population in and around the park. Many of the female koalas have been implanted with hormonal contraceptives and remain living in the park. Contraceptives act to slow koala reproduction and limit future browse pressure on the Manna Gums. The koala population and tree canopy condition are monitored to track progress toward Woodland recovery.