Budj Bim Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours

Budj Bim Tours is an authentic, indigenous owned tourism company that offers exclusive guided tours through the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, in south-west Victoria. Budj Bim Tours operate out of Heywood, Victoria and itineraries range from two hours to full days.

You will experience the history and culture of the Gunditjmara people from a Gunditjmara guide. During your tour you will see stone house sites, reconstructed stone houses and stone aquaculture systems that are over 6,000 years old. Learn about native food plants, and how the Gunditjmara people engineered the landscape to ensure that they could live a settled, rather than nomadic lifestyle.

For an authentic experience, consider adding a bush tucker tasting to your tour. Seasonal options include warrigal greens, kangaroo, smoked eel, water parsnip and more. For large group bookings and business events, the Winda Mara Dancers are available to be booked.

Facilities

Service Types

Cultural and Theme Tours Nature and wildlife Walking and Biking Tours Free Wifi

Fitness

Basic

Disabled Assistance

Caters for hearing impairment Disabled access available

Indigenous Culture

Indigenous experiences and/or cultural immersion Indigenous owned and controlled Indigenous themes and/or interpretation

Membership

Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Services

$40

This two-hour guided tour of the Tyrendarra indigenous protected area begins at the Budj Bim orientation centre in Heywood, where you will be welcomed, receive introductory information about Gunditjmara culture and country and watch a 10-minute video.

You will then take the scenic drive out to the Tyrendarra IPA where you will learn about the unique circular stone dwellings, and see the remnant house sites. Along the walking trail, you will also learn about Australia’s earliest and largest stone aquaculture systems, including the fish and eel traps. Your guide will explain the dreaming story about the creation of the landscape drawing examples from geological formations such as Tumuli.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

$120

This day tour encompasses the entirety of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape. It begins at the Budj Bim Orientation Centre in Heywood where you will be welcomed, introduced to Gunditjmara culture and country, and watch a ten minute introductory video.

The tour then takes you to the Tyrendarra IPA where you will see remnant circular stone house sites and reconstructed dwellings, while here, you will also learn about the extensive stone aquaculture systems engineered by the Gunditjmara people. You will then take the scenic drive out to Mount Eccles-Budj Bim National Park after a brief stop at the Convincing Ground. Here you will learn more about the pre and post-settlement history of the Gunditjmara people and the dreaming stories and figureheads that are important in Gunditjmara culture.

This tour includes a fully catered bush tucker lunch, which varies seasonally but typically includes kangaroo, smoked eel, water parsnip, warrigal greens, wattle seed rolls as well as traditional green salads. There will also be refreshments provided along the way.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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