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Macarthur - Mount Eccles National Park



Mount Eccles (Budj Bim) is a long dormant volcano. Geologists estimate that Mt Eccles first erupted around 30,000 years ago producing a river of hot molten lava that flowed around 50 km south to the sea. This lava flow effectively dammed rivers and streams forming large wetlands and swamps.

The park’s tranquil crater lake and pleasant bushland surrounds make it a pleasant place for picnicking, camping and bushwalking. Nature trails follow the old crater rim.

Geological features include Lake Surprise, a crater lake, lava canals, a natural bridge, lava blisters, collapsed lava tunnels and a lava cave (take a torch).

The park also contains Victoria's last great stand of manna gum woodland, the favourite food of the resident koala population.

Mount Eccles National Park is only a five minute drive west of Macarthur on a sealed road.

Walks
There's a variety of walking tracks in the area, catering for a range of fitness levels. Wear appropriate clothing to guard against leeches that inhabit damp areas.

Refer to the park note for a map of these walks. Walks include:

Natural Bridge - medium (1hr, 3km)
Lake Surprise - medium (45 min, 2km) - This is a return walk, not a loop.
Crater Rim - medium (1-2 hrs, 2km) - Follow the crater lakes high waterline on the loop walk.
Lava Canal - hard (2-3 hrs, 6.5km) - On-site signs give brief insights into some features of this loop walk





Address | Contact


Mount Eccles Road,  Macarthur 3286, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X926 Ref: A6

Web Links


Link parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mount-eccles-national-park

Link Mount Eccles National Park Map (PDF)

Link Mt Eccles National Park - Park note (PDF)



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