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Tae Rak (Lake Condah) 2-Hour Cultural Walk
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Tae Rak (Lake Condah) 2-Hour Cultural Walk

By Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tourism
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Ages 0-64, max of 30 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Amenities - restroom on site
What's not included
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks


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  • WRRG+Q2 Breakaway Creek, WRRG+Q28 Breakaway Creek VIC, Australia
    Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre - Vaughans Road, Breakaway Creek, Victoria, 3303.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

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    • WRRG+Q28 Breakaway Creek VIC, Australia
      Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre - Vaughans Road, Breakaway Creek, Victoria, 3303.
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      Your Gunditjmara guide will meet you at the Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre for an overview of the centre, the kooyang (eel) holding tank, the processing facility and the cafe & retail space. Your guide will give you an overview of the Gunditjmara creation story and point out the extensive marine and bird-life of the lake. Continue along the western edge of lake to the weir, for a look at the ancient landscape and the extensive range of stone aquaculture sites and fish traps. Learn about: * Culturally significant flora & fauna, and the Tae Rak landscape * The Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre and the Gunditjmara people * Introduction to traditional kooyang (eel) harvesting & processing * Stone country and kooyang traps on the eastern side of the lake & the network of aquaculture systems designed to trap and harvest kooyang for food and trade.
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    • Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tourism
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      Australia
      Joined in May 2022
    • I5913LNsherylr
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolute unexpected highlight of our trip
      Wow. Budj Bim National Park and Tae Rak Aquacultural tour. A Mind blowing education of an ancient culture, so brutally lost, but not forgotten. Now reclaimed and being lovingly restored and shared with those of us who want to know more. In the words if one most of us remember, "Do yourself a favour!" Our tour guide, Luke, was amazing, funny, fun, interesting, engaging and warm. So full of knowledge and so happily willing to share. And much to Richards delight a Hawks fan. Go figure. Go Hawks! Thankyou Luke for an amazing day. We appreciated and enjoyed the lunch so much more after learning about the produce. What an epic journey.
      Written 26 June 2024
    • D3772SQbonnier
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely loved it, a very very special day
      I have been meaning to come and do this tour for a while now. Myself and my friend where completely blown away by all aspects of the tour, it is incredibly well organised and ran extremely smoothly. We found both of our lovely guides to be funny, very very knowledgeable and so friendly. We really loved learning more about Gunditjimara country and after we left made sure to tell our friends who we know would really appreciate something like this as well. The lunch at the end of the day was also incredible - Make sure to get the Eel tasting plate if you can. We are planning to come back soon and do the full day.
      Written 23 June 2024
    • jam1150
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Everyone should do this
      The tour was very well organised and informative and how lucky are we that this community shares their cultural knowledge with us. Thank you to out guides and we are very happy we took the time to do this. Everyone should do this.
      Written 1 June 2024
    • I8863QHlouised
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative and enjoyable day
      We live in the area and took friends from Melbourne with us to do the tour. We started with the story of the eels, which was fascinating, and then proceeded to the eel traps and stone houses. Our guide, Luke, was outstanding. He told us some hard truths but in a very friendly and non-judgemental way. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will return to see the area in another season.
      Written 17 May 2024
    • nicolehilder
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible + Who knew eels were so fascinating?
      We did a half day tour, Luke was a fantastic guide. I didn't fully appreciate this incredible history previously. So proud of First Nations culture. A must for those who read Dark Emu. We also had the smoked eel tapas which we loved and thought was way better than smoked salmon or trout. We also really like the tomatoe relish. Definitely go and then tell all your friends and family to go.
      Written 16 May 2024
    • kentush
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      The website gives as much info as the tour...
      A previous reviewer wrote this, which summarizes my opinion very well--'An informative tour, but at $89/head, very expensive for the experience. It was basically a 2hr verbal information session that became more like a lecture toward the end and was dragged out longer than necessary. I'm sure you could find all the info about eels on-line. The visual experience to back up the lecture was a let down. For the price we might have thought we may see a caught eel in the hand, an eel trap basket (other than the one in the cafe) and even be given a taste of smoked eel. I'm all for supporting UNESCO sites, but put a more realistic price on the tours and then encourage people to donate to the cause.' The guide was Joey and at the last minute we were placed with a large group of school students. The presentation was geared more towards them, but I fear even they were bored with the minimal content of the presentation and stie!
      Written 15 May 2024
    • michelledA926ST
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent cultural tour
      Fantastic tour - well organised, highly engaging, educational, great value. Our tour guides provided expert interpretation of the landscape and generously shared so much of their knowledge. Awesome catering too. Highly recommended.
      Written 12 May 2024
    • Greenie978
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour
      Excellent tour. I learned a great deal about culture and history of the aboriginal people in the area. The guide, Luke, was very welcoming and knowledgeable. The eel tasting platter was excellent. Definitely recommend doing the full day tour.
      Written 2 May 2024
    • 961nolaw
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally enjoyable
      We both had an amazing day and also the lunchtime tasting plates were really good. Lots of interesting information ⭐️👍
      Written 27 April 2024
    • 518margareta
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do tour
      Absolutely first rate tour, small friendly group with informative guide. Some hard stories, but lots of positives too, regeneration of the lake particularly. Welcoming friendly staff, great coffee and delicious share platters for lunch. Amazing to learn about the life cycle of the eels. We need to listen and learn.
      Written 23 April 2024
    • L3804APsuem
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very good experience
      The tour was very informative. Our guide Luke was great, and gave us some insight into the indigenous culture, as well as the whole eel trap process.
      Written 22 April 2024
    • karal675
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      First Nations Tour- an experience for the heart and mind
      A truly wonderful experience. Listening to the stories of the family and mob of our tour guide - Rueben, was hard and often confronting, but shared with such humility and grace and forward vision it was truly inspiring. To see and feel the remnants of the oldest continuous culture on earth is a truly special experience. Go with an open mind and heart and be prepared to be amazed. The building at the culture centre, winner of architectural awards and all the constructed infrastructure is stunning and the food at the cafe well worth a visit on its own. We has lots of family discussion afterwards with teenagers, about the content and it was awesome to see their engagement and understanding that the new knowledge brought.
      Written 16 April 2024
    • K4527PRjocelyng
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It is astonishing that these people witnessed this eruption aeons ago, and have told their creation story ever since.
      Thanks to Reuben our guide for such an informative,fact and fun filled commentary.He kept us interested and absorbed all day, and displayed and enthused us with his love for the history of his people. Delicious lunch, too!
      Written 9 April 2024
    • KandEl_9
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A national treasure that everyone should experience.
      We heard about the UNESCO World Heritage Listing and put Budj Bim on our lists of places to visit. We’re pretty lucky to have something of this significance and age, right on our doorstep! The investment into the beautiful facilities and cultural wisdom that went into designing the tours celebrate these extraordinary feats of engineering by our First Nations peoples. I only wish we had done the full day tour, but my primary school age kids were flagging in the heat, despite best efforts by Joseph to answer their questions and engage them throughout the tour.
      Written 7 April 2024
    • annetS2542KS
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous experience
      The day was amazing with interesting information and beautiful country to see in a different way. Plus the lunch was delicious. All our questions were answered and our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Our expectations were exceeded and we will definitely recommend to others.
      Written 3 April 2024
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    WFKtravels
    323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    At last the infrastructure and Guided Cultural Tours are up and running at the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape - a UNESCO World Heritage Site north of Tyrendarra in South Western Victoria. The site is spread out across the landscape (over kilometres) with some locations having excellent signage and others only accessible on a guided tour ($85 pp but due for a small price increase from April 2023). The design of the walkways and signs is lovely. We undertook the two hour Tae Rak Guided Cultural Walk. Our guide Reuben was engaging, articulate and fascinating. About half of the tour consisted of a ‘round the tank’ talk about kooyang (short fin eels)….their incredible life cycle and their importance to the Gunditjmara. We then set off to see the remains of stone house sites and how the landscape was/is used for traditional aquaculture. A short walk over rough ground was involved and assistance was given to those who required it. This part of the tour is not suitable for prams, wheelie walkers or wheelchairs at present. As a non-indigenous person it was quite confronting to see the low walls of a house that had been used seasonally for over 6000 years and to then learn that the stones from other homes had been used to construct a 140 year old dry stonewall. No prizes for guessing which structure was heritage listed first! Budj Bim is a fascinating insight into an indigenous culture that is thousands of years old. The restoration of Tae Rak is evolving and already the birdlife is impressive. The volcanic features of the landscape are an integral part of the whole experience.
    Written 16 March 2023
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    Thank you for your very comprehensive review of our 2 hour Tae Rak cultural walk. We'll let Reuben know you had an enjoyable time on Gunditjmara Country.
    Written 18 March 2023
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    Shannon
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    The building at Tae Rak is magnificently designed and compliments the landscape. The eel tank was very cool and helped to keep our 12 year old engaged. Our tour guide Reuban was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The 6000+ year old hut remains were incredible and it felt very special to hear from a decendant of the peoples who lived in this place prior to colonisation. Hearing of the land rights struggle in more recent years was inspiring. Definitely recommend getting the eel tasting platter at the end of the tour - was delicious and really helped enhance the overall experience. I grew up near Gunditjmara Country and every person who lives in the area needs to go and learn of the history of this place. I hope you get lots of school groups come through in the future and the next generation are more informed on the land they the live.
    Written 8 January 2023
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    Thank you so much for your detailed review. We will pass on your praise to Reuben, and the F&B department. They all work incredibly hard to make a visit to Gunditjmara Country a highlight of a visit to our region.
    Written 10 January 2023
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    Reita M
    Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    We loved the tour which was so interesting. Braydon was a brilliant communicator, who shared so much of the knowledge of the area so that you could appreciate the geological and prehistoric history of the landscape in front of you as well as the cultural practices. He supported people of all abilities across the rocky terrain. You could easily appreciate the continuity of culture and story, amidst incredible birdlife. Braydon was so supportive even when we got lost and ended up coming late. The tasting plate in the cafe afterwards is well worth booking - amazing food, eel in a variety of (yummy) iterations, along with kangaroo skewers done in lemon myrtle. This is Aboriginal tourism and cuisine at its finest.
    Written 17 October 2022
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    Thank you for your review. We love it when our tour participants learn so much from their tour experience. Thank you for visiting us.
    Written 24 October 2022
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    Mark H
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    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    An informative tour, but at $89/head, very expensive for the experience. It was basically a 2hr verbal information session that became more like a lecture toward the end and was dragged out longer than necessary. I'm sure you could find all the info about eels on-line. The visual experience to back up the lecture was a let down. For the price we might have thought we may see a caught eel in the hand, an eel trap basket (other than the one in the cafe) and even be given a taste of smoked eel. I'm all for supporting UNESCO sites, but put a more realistic price on the tours and then encourage people to donate to the cause.
    Written 14 April 2024
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    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your perspective and will consider it as we strive to provide a valuable and enriching experience for our guests. Perhaps you could email us at bookings@budjbim.com.au and let us know your name and the date of your visit so we can follow up with our guiding team? We'd like to be able to ascertain who your guide was so we can work on enhancing the visual elements to complement the information provided.
    Written 28 April 2024
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    Andrea K
    Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The history of the area as told by Reuben , our guide , was fascinating. To hear of thousands of years of change to the land and lake was so interesting. The life of the local eel and the effect the eel had on the people that used it as a food source was so informative. We then ate at the cafe and the Lemon Myrtle Chicken tenders were delicious, as was the Barramundi. We would love to return for the half day and full day tours to hear more about this wonderful history.
    Written 7 January 2023
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    Hi Andrea, Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your time on Gunditjmara Country, and would love to welcome you back again for a longer tour next time.
    Written 8 January 2023
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    Beth G
    Narraweena, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jayden our guide was friendly and approachable. He made us feel confident enough to ask questions and gave us time to look and think. The information about the eels and the way they were farmed was great, and there was a positive vibe for the future with local land owners and First Nations people working together for the good of the land and its people. It was amazing to see Lake Condah in existence - Jayden explained how it had disappeared generations ago, but now through cooperative planning it is gradually coming back. The Aquaculture Centre is a stunning new building staffed by friendly and helpful people.
    Written 23 March 2023
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    Thanks for your five star review of our 2 hour Tae Rak tour. We love how the lake is coming back to life and with it the native flora and fauna. We're pleased you appreciated it. Cheers.
    Written 24 March 2023
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    marg536
    Denham, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    An incredibly fascinating two hours filled with stories from the Gunditjmara traditional owners. Jaydn engaged us by sharing his stories of the Lake, Tae Rak, and the surrounding river systems. Explanations were given on the structures and the purpose of this amazing aquaculture system from thousands of years ago.
    Written 16 February 2023
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    Thank you very much for your review of the Tae Rak Cultural Walk. We love sharing stories of Gunditjmara Country.
    Written 19 February 2023
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    Georgio
    Melbourne66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    Fascinating stories about the migration and breeding habits of eels, how the indigenous people lived in an integrated and sustainable way, managing the eel population. Our guide was knowledgeable and one of the local elders contributed to the discussion.
    The walk over stony paths might be a bit tricky for some. Don't forget to sign the waiver via the link in the email which is sent just prior to the tour date. Otherwise it delays the check in for you and others.
    A brief introductory summary of the tour would have been appreciated as some of us were taken by surprise when we were asked to take our cars to the lake.
    It is a beautiful wetland area, definitely worth a visit.
    Written 20 March 2023
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    Hi Georgio, Thanks for your review of our 2 hour Tae Rak cultural tour. And thanks for your advice to other travellers, we're sure they'll find it useful. 😀
    Written 22 March 2023
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    oldaikidoka
    Hobart, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    As we only had limited time we chose the 2 hour tour. Due to bad weather some parts of the area were off limits so we were taken by mini-bus to another property near by so we could still experience the full tour. The guide was so informative, and such a approachable person, he was happy to answer all our questions. None of us knew anything about eels and we were all fascinated, it doesn't sound very interesting but goodness me, it was! Then we walked around and he described how the eels were stored, smoked and used. The smoking tree was of great interest. The place is beautiful, and well worth a visit even if you don't have time for a tour. The cafe is very nice and the lemon-myrtle muffins are the best muffins we have ever tasted (and yes we have tasted a few!) My husband and I will return later in the year for the one day tour which we really looking forward to. Thank you to everyone who made this outing so enjoyable.
    Written 18 September 2023
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    Thank you so much for your comprehensive review. Our guides are all so passionate about their history & culture, and it's good to hear they made eels interesting for you. We'll let the chefs know you loved the muffins! Thanks
    Written 29 September 2023
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    Dave
    Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    This is a superb new centre which tells the incredible story of the 6,000-year-old eel traps of the Gundjitmara people and the migration of the eels. The architecture of the center is beautful and the food & service from the cafe is excellent, inspired by Bush flavors. Our RAW Travel group took a walking tour with Braden, who was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable, fun and professional. Highly recommend a visit!
    Written 8 September 2022
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    Hi Dave, thank you very much for your review. It's great that you brought your RAW Travel group out on tour with us and that you had a fun time. Thanks for the recommendation. Come again soon!
    Written 9 September 2022
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