Budj Bim Campground


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 often seen.

The campground is suitable for tents and caravans. Sites are between rocky ridges formed by ancient lava flows, and accommodate up to six people with provision for one vehicle. Site 22 is a group site that can accommodate up to 24 campers. Facilities include flushing toilets, hot showers, shared fireplaces and picnic tables.

Budj Bim has a fascinating cultural and geological history. This is a unique and picturesque landscape. As recent as 30,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions blasted through the earth's crust pouring out thousands of tonnes of molten rock into the surrounding landscape. Volcanic features in the area include the remains of relatively recent and 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.



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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 lake's edge. The longer Lava Canal Circuit Walk includes amazing features like lava blisters, Tunnel Cave, Natural Bridge and a dry crater with views across the lake.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.


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 located approximately 300km west of Melbourne. Macarthur is the nearest town to the Visitor Area and Campground. Hamilton is the nearest city to this end of the park. The road to Budj Bim National Park is sealed all the way to the visitor picnic ground. There is a short gravel road from there to the campground, about 200 metres. It is suitable for 2WD.

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.

Need to know

Budj Bim Campground

Two men discuss the formation of the crater at Tower Hill.

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Explore this massive volcanic feature by taking one of the five self-guided walks. Each has a different theme. Enjoy a picnic, spot some local wildlife and learn about the Aboriginal heritage of the area at the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre.

Brambuk The National Park and Culture Centre

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap began with the building of the Brambuk Cultural Centre in 1989 to acknowledge, protect and share the cultures of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung Peoples.
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