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Explore the aboriginal history and protected natural treasures of southwest Victoria with a full-day tour of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape from Heywood. Take in the unspoiled volcanic scenery of Mt. Eccles National Park, and learn about the Gunditjmara culture through the remains of historic stone dwellings, fisheries, and retellings of dreamtime legends at the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area. A traditional bush tucker lunch is included for a taste of the land’s natural bounty.

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape
  • Learn about the indigenous Gunditjmara culture
  • Explore historic stone dwellings and eel traps
  • See the crater lake of Mt. Eccles National Park
  • Includes a seasonal bush tucker lunch and refreshments
  • Cultural immersion experience

What You Can Expect

Tyrendarra IPA and Mt Eccles National Park Guided Day Tour

Wooden fish trap at the Tyrendarra IPA

Make your way to the Budj Bim Orientation Centre in Heywood midmorning, where you’ll meet your guide for the day and get an introduction to the history and features of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape and the local Gunditjmara culture.

From there, drive to the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area, historically an important gathering place and ceremonial site for the Gunditjmara people. Explore the area and its history through the remains of ancient circular stone dwellings, reconstructed houses, and traces of eel traps and irrigation channels that formed an early aquaculture system.

For lunch, enjoy a full bush tucker meal inspired by the types of foods native to the landscape. The seasonally based menu might include kangaroo meat, smoked eel, wattle seed rolls, warrigal greens, water parsnip, and other salads, plus refreshments. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.

Stop briefly at the Convincing Ground, the memorial site of a 19th-century conflict between the Gunditjmara people and local whalers that resulted in a massacre against the aboriginal people. Continue on to the Mt. Eccles (Budj Bim) National Park for an immersion in the scenic surroundings, including a pleasant network of walking trails and a crater lake in the middle of the dormant Mt. Eccles volcano.

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