Budj Bim Campground

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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.
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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.

Budj Bim Campground is suitable for tents and caravans. Sites are between rocky ridges formed by ancient lava flows. Most campsites can accommodate up to six people with provision for one vehicle. Site 22 is a group site that can accommodate up to 12, 18 or 24 campers.

Budj Bim has a fascinating cultural and geological history. This is a unique and picturesque landscape. Recently, about 30,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions blasted through the earth's crust pouring out thousands of tonnes of molten rock (lava) into the surrounding landscape. Volcanic features in the area include the remains of (relatively recent) extensive lava flows, lava caves, scoria cones and crater lakes.

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.

Things to do in the area

 
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.
A young women leads a man on a walk along a river bank.

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.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

How to get there

Budj Bim Campground

Budj Bim National Park is 330 km south-west of Melbourne, 45 km south of Hamilton (Melway ref: 507 C10). At Hamilton, take the Hamilton-Port Fairy Road and turn off at Macarthur. It can also be reached via the Princes Highway, turning off at Port Fairy and Macarthur.

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Budj Bim Campground

Summer brings hotter periods and busier holiday crowds. The park sits approx half an hour to the coast from Budj Bim for a splash.

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 Campground

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

    Budj Bim toilet and shower block closed

    The primary toilet and shower facilities in Budj Bim National Park will be closed for refurbishment. 

    The closure will take place between Monday 18th January and Monday 31st May 2021.

    The alternate toilet block towards the rear of the camping area will remain open, however there will be no shower facilities available during this period.

    The campground will remain partially open, with reduced facilities.

    Please contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 for further information.

    Walking track partial closures

    Some walking tracks within the park will be affected as works are undertaken to implement the Budj Bim Masterplan.

    - The Crater Rim walk is partially closed due to works for the new lookout. Walkers can still walk from the main lookout to the Natural Bridge, but the remainder of the Crater Rim walking track is closed.
    - The Lake Surprise walk will be periodically closed - when works are being undertaken on the new lookout above. This is to ensure safety of visitors in case of any falling debris created during works to the lookout.

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