Sacred to the Gunditjmara people, the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape was created by volcanic lava flow. It extends from Budj Bim (formerly Mt Eccles) to the sea and encompasses a series of waterways including Lake Condah and the Fitzroy River.
The landscape is rich in cultural heritage, including engineered wetlands and channels used to hold and harvest eels – one of the oldest known record of aquaculture in the world. The significance of the site has been internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage place.
Lake Condah, image courtesy Sunarazzi
Budj Bim Connections aims to improve the condition of native vegetation and aquatic habitats, increase the understanding of flow pathways and wetland hydrology in the landscape, and foster the sharing and integration of aboriginal knowledge.
Project works will enhance recreational opportunities along the waterway and benefit rare and threatened species such as Australasian bittern, growling grass frog, Yarra pygmy perch and Glenelg spiny crayfish.
Above: before and After riparian fencing works on the Fitzroy River estuary, Tyrendarra East, that has led to significant environmental improvement. Image courtesy of Glenelg Hopkins CMA.
Waterway managers: Glenelg Hopkins CMA
Page last updated: 13/02/20