Budj Bim (Mt Eccles) National Park
The Budj Bim National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed park covering the majority of the lava flow from the Budj Bim volcano (Mount Eccles) as well as multiple significant Indigenous heritage sites. Just a 30-minute drive from Hamilton, the park is open for hikers, campers and tourists to enjoy. Like Mount Rouse and Mount Napier, Budj Bim is a part of the Kanawinka Geopark and the Newer Volcanics Province. The main picnic area of the park has ample parking, grassed areas, information boards, public toilets and picnic amenities including seating and barbecues. Further on from the picnic area, a second carpark is where walks through the park and viewing platforms for Lake Surprise can be found. The multiple walks through the park take visitors around volcanic features including the crater and lava tunnels.
BUSHFIRE CLOSURE – Due to bushfire impact please note that the Lake Suprise walking track and access to Tunnel Cave is currently closed.
Lava Canal Walk – the Lava Canal Walk is a 6.5km return circuit which follows the floor of lava flow that began with the volcanic eruption of Budj Bim 30,000 years ago. Along this walk you will see the broken basalt of the old lava flows, lava blisters and stop at Tunnel Cave, a remnant of lava flow activity where you can explore.
Crater Rim Walk – Meander along the Crater Rim Walk and skirt the edge of the now dormant volcano before climbing to the peak of ‘Mount’ Budj Bim. Take in views over Lake Surprise and spot koalas among the Manna Gums and Blackwood forest before descending back to Budj Bim Campground.
Natural Bridge Walk – the Natural Bridge Walk follows an ancient lava flow where the roof has collapsed. At the end of the walk, you will come to a section where the roof of the lava flow remains intact, forming a cavern that you can explore. There’s a good chance you’ll spot koalas and kangaroos on the walk if you keep your eyes peeled
The Park also has a campground just off the picnic area where there are seating and fire pits. The National Park is heritage listed due to its cultural landscape featuring the earliest living example of aquaculture in the world and due to this is co-managed by Parks Victoria and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners. Tours are available for those wanting to see the aquaculture as well as other heritage listed landmarks including eel traps, stone huts and Lake Condah Mission provided by expert Indigenous guides. Tours are also available for bird watching, bush walking, caving, 4WD, mountain bike riding and wild life.
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