Camping and walking in Budj Bim National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We calculated that with careful driving, we ought to be able to include a 55 km detour from Port Fairy to Budj Bim on our way to Nelson, without charging.
To spend a couple of nights bush camping we also needed to use utility mode on the Kona which enabled us to recharge the Little Guy battery from the car. The battery in the Little Guy keeps the fridge running and lights on. Utility mode seemed to deplete the Kona battery more quickly than we had expected, so this made the trip a bit more of a stretch than we had hoped. But we were very pleased we made this detour.
The park is an interesting volcanic landscape resulting from the eruption of Budj Bim over 30,000 years ago. The Gunditjmara people developed an extensive system of aquaculture in this area to farm eels up to 8,000 years ago. We were unaware of the availability of the Gunditjmara tour, but certainly would want to do this on our next visit.
On day two, we took on the more challenging Lava Canal walk, about 6 km long, about half of which is along the bottom of a rocky lava canal.
Some of the wildlife we saw there…