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Budj Bim

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

What is the Budj Bim landscape?

To the east and north east of Heywood is the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape. The landscape is home to one of the world’s oldest and most extensive freshwater aquaculture systems and human settlement sites. The ancient ancestors of the Gunditjmara clans along the Budj Bim landscape engineered and constructed channels, traps and ponds to traditionally farm eels and other fish. Alongside the ancient engineering are the remains of stone village sites where Gunditjmara families would live with their traditional beliefs and cultures. Gunditjmara stories of the volcanic eruption that created the stony landscape date back 30,000 years with parts of the traditional aquaculture dated at 6,700 years old.

The community owned and operated Budj Bim Tours Company conduct tours along the Budj Bim landscape including Lake Condah, Kurtonitj, Lake Gorrie and Tyrendarra. Shire residents and visitors are invited to take the self-guided walk at the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area at the end of Taylors Road, Tyrendarra and learn about this world-renowned cultural landscape.

The Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape is now on Australia's UNESCO World Heritage List.

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