Cultural Heritage

Lake Tyers State Park

Lake Tyers State Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.


Bung Yarnda (Lake Tyers) was an important meeting place for Gunaikurnai groups throughout the area. It was a neutral place that was rich in food and materials. It is the place our mob lived when we were forcibly removed from our homelands by European settlers. The catchment area surrounding the Lake Tyers mission is also very significant to us. Our ancestors often passed through this bushland to get to and from Bung Yarnda, as we continue to do today.

The catchment area is where a lot of our mob lived, camped and fished. It is an abundant place, providing us with food all year round. And it is a beautiful place – you can see why the old fellas went there. As home to our ancestors, there are many recorded sites – scar trees, artefact scatters, birthing places and burial sites. Burnt Bridge Reserve is a popular gathering place and ochre site. The cultural sites continue all the way along the coast to Corringle further east.

Lake Tyers Mission

By the 1850s, the Aboriginal population had significantly declined. Missions were established where the remaining Aboriginal people would be located and be Christianised. After rejecting Mitchell River because of its cold winter, Lake Tyers was chosen for its reliable supply of food and water. The mission was both good and bad for Gunaikurnai people.

For some, Lake Tyers was home – a place where people were born and grew up. Where family were buried and where connection to Country could be maintained without persecution. Others felt hemmed in by the rules and rigid protocols of the governing agencies, the severity of which varied depending on the government of the day.

Lake Tyers was one of the last remaining missions, where Aboriginal people were sent from across Victoria when other missions were closed. In 1970, Lake Tyers was the first transfer of crown land back to Aboriginal people.


Sources/from: Gunaikurnai Whole‐of­‐Country Plan (GLaWAC 2015); The Gunaikurnai and Victorian Government Joint Management Plan - Lake Tyers State Park - Krauatungalung Country.


Preserving the past is important to better manage our cultural landscapes. Patrick Mullett is a proud Gunaikurnai man working on Country to manage Aboriginal cultural heritage. He assesses sites and provides advice under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 on how to best protect cultural heritage.


Things To Do

Fishing and boating at the Glasshouse camping area in Lake Tyers State Park

Camping at Lake Tyers

Listen to the rolling surf on Ninety-mile Beach, or enjoy serene views of the lake - Lake Tyers has a range of camping options for visitors to enjoy.
The walking track down to Lake Tyers Beach.

Walking at Lake Tyers State Park

Explore the forest setting around Lake Tyers on one of several walking tracks in the park.
Fishing at the Glasshouse camping area in Lake Tyers State Park

Water activities at Lake Tyers

The still waters, shady banks and sandy beaches around Lake Tyers and along Ninety-Mile Beach provide great opportunities for fun in the water.

How to get there

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Need to know

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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.

  • Lake Tyers State Park

    Track closures due to severe weather damage.

    Track closures due to severe weather damage. Crews will assess and reopen when safe.

    • Gibbs Track 
    • Moras Break Road
    • Reedy Arm No. 2 Track
    • Cameron’s Arm No.2 Track

    Lonely Bay Walk - tree fern loop section closed

    Lonely Bay Walk - open but tree fern loop section at the end is closed

    Ironbark Campground and Trident Arm Campground 4WD access only

    Morgans Landing Track to Ironbark Campground - open to 4WD vehicles only

    Trident Arm Track - 4WD access only to Trident Arm Campground and boat launch

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    The access tracks and campgrounds at Glasshouse campground, Pettmans Beach and Trident campground in the Lake Tyers State Park have been subject to severe weather which has resulted in the need to close these areas for public safety.

    Glasshouse, Pettmans and Trident campgrounds are popular visitor areas that have been impacted by a reported 200mm of rain over the past week. This rain has caused access tracks and camping areas to be flooded and impassable in spots, making the area unsafe for visitors. Signage has been changed at the Main Entrance to the Lake Tyers State Park (LTSP) to indicate the temporary closure. This rain event has caused damage in other areas of the LTSP and the park requires an impact assessment. There is likely to be a number of trees down within the park also. The impact to the access tracks and camping areas is known as serious enough to restrict visitor access. A change of condition has been posted to the PV website.


    Attachments: Approval - Change of Conditions LTSP Dec 2023 (861KB)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

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