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Tungatt Mirring Stone Country Half Day Tour


Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tours

Take a journey with a Gunditjmara cultural guide to learn about the creation of the historic Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area, near Portland in Western Victoria. Explore the Budj Bim volcanic crater, now known as Lake Surprise, where the legend of Budj Bim began and learn about ancient times through to the present day.

Enjoy a guided bush walk and see lava tunnels, caves and the surrounding forest. Visit Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) to see ancient stone kooyang (eel) traps and stone channels, remnants of stone house sites and kooyang smoking trees. Kurtonitj (meaning 'crossing place') is sacred to the Gunditjmara people with enormous cultural, archaeological and environmental significance.

Insights into your experience

This tour takes visitors through the history of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, covering Budj Bim National Park, Lake Surprise and Kurtonitj IPA, where guides will show you the living Indigenous culture and landscape through Gunditjmara eyes.

The tour starts with a visit to the Kurtonitj IPA in the centre of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape. This area has historical stone kooyang (eel) traps and stone channels along with evidence of ancient stone house sites and eel smoking trees. 

After some time at Kurtonitj, you'll visit Budj Bim National Park, starting with morning tea.
The Gunditjmara call the area ‘Tungatt Mirring’ or Stone Country, and it is here that the legend of Budj Bim began.

Your guide will take you on a cultural walk with key features of interest including lava tunnels, caves, forest and wildlife, including an extensive koala population.

After Budj Bim, return to the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Café, arriving approximately 1pm. (Lunch not included).

Experience Highlights

  • Visit the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area and Budj Bim National Park
  • See an ancient smoking tree that was used for smoking kooyang (eels)
  • Visit an area of lava flow featuring two weirs
  • Learn how the Gunditjmara used aquaculture systems to trap and hold kooyang
  • Morning tea in Budj Bim National Park


Aboriginal guide

You should bring

Water bottle

Things to know

This is a 4 hour experience that runs from 9:30am on Wednesday through to Sunday. 
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Bookings are essential and the tour operates with a minimum of 2 people. 

The tour departs from and returns to Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Café 

Tour cost:

From $155 per adult
From $115 per child

Meeting point

Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre – Breakaway Creek, VIC


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