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Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tours

We invite you to UNESCO World Heritage listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, near Portland in Western Victoria to experiences traditional Aboriginal aquaculture. The tour will take you on a journey into the lifecycle of kooyang (eels) and their importance to the Gunditjmara people, dating back over 6,000 years. See ancient stone kooyang (eel) traps and stone channels, stone house sites and eel smoking trees, as your cultural guide shows you how the Gunditjmara worked the landscape, with evidence of traditional and modern farming and aquaculture.

Visit Lake Gorrie for a look at historic drystone walls dating to the 1800’s that were used for sheep washes. After a light lunch, enjoy a guided cultural walk of the Tae Rak (Lake Condah) wetlands, seeing the complex aquaculture system and an area of lava flow featuring two weirs and a dam associated with trapping and holding kooyang.

Insights into your experience

This tour takes visitors through the history of the Budj Bim cultural landscape from creation to farming. The tour covers Budj Bim National Park, Lake Gorrie drystone walls and Kurtonitj IPA, along with a guided walk of the Tae Rak (Lake Condah) wetlands.

Kurtonitj (meaning 'crossing place') is sacred to the Gunditjmara people with enormous cultural, archaeological and environmental significance.

The tour starts with a visit to the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the centre of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape with historic stone kooyang (eel) traps and stone channels, stone house sites and eel smoking trees. Your guide will show you these sites, as well as an area of lava flow featuring two weirs and a dam associated with trapping and holding kooyang.

After Kurtonitj the tour continues on to Lake Gorrie where you will enjoy morning tea before a short guided walk. The site is an example of a well preserved drystone walls used for sheep wash - built by the Gunditjmara people and used by early pastoralists. 

Constructed in the mid 1800’s, the drystone walls demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship and skill in their construction and have been deemed of archaeological significance by the State of Victoria. There are large numbers of Karrayn (grey kangaroo) living in this area.

After Lake Gorrie visit Budj Bim National Park, where your Gunditjmara guide will lead a cultural walk with key features of interest including Lake Surprise, caves, surrounding forest and native wildlife.

After visiting Budj Bim National Park, return to the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Café for lunch.
After lunch you will enjoy a Guided Cultural Walk of Tae Rak (Lake Condah) and the surrounding wetlands. 

Experience Highlights

  • Learn about the farming and aquaculture practices of the Gunditjmara
  • Visit the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area and Budj Bim National Park
  • Learn about drystone wall building techniques of the Gunditjmara
  • See an ancient smoking tree that was used for smoking kooyang (eels)
  • Visit an area of lava flow featuring two weirs and a dam
  • Learn how the Gunditjmara used aquaculture systems to trap and hold kooyang
  • Morning tea at Lake Gorrie and lunch at the Tak Rak Aquaculture Centre and Café

Inclusions

Aboriginal guide

You should bring

Camera
Hat
Repellent
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Water bottle

Things to know

This is an 8 hour experience that runs from 8:30am on Wednesday through to Sunday.
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Bookings are essential and the tour operates with a minimum of 2 people. 

The walking tour finishes back at the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Cafe at approximately 4pm. From here we transfer you back to Heywood to arrive at around 4:30pm.

Morning tea and light lunch is included in your experience.

A kooyang (eel) tasting plate can be ordered for an additional cost. 

Tour cost:

From $195 per adult
From $155 per child

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Meeting point

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tours Office, 4/48 Edgar Street, Heywood, VIC

Location

4/48 Edgar Street, Heywood, VIC

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