Lake Surprise Walk (Budj Bim National Park)


Lake Surprise Walk (Budj Bim National Park)

Head out on the Lake Surprise walk and descend into the crater of this dormant volcano. Follow the lake's edge through Manna Gum and Blackwood bushland before looping back to Budj Bim Campground. The peak of Budj Bim, which has great cultural significance to the Gunditjmara people, overlooks the trail.

How to get there

Lake Surprise Walk (Budj Bim National Park)

Need to know

Lake Surprise Walk (Budj Bim National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No bicycles
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • No camping
  • No fires permitted
  • No generators
  • No horses
  • No swimming
  • No drones without a permit


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks
  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

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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