Bunyip State Park

GEMBROOK, Victoria

In February 2009, 45 per cent of Bunyip State Park was burnt by wildfire. Despite this dramatic event this park is once again an amazing escape where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy native plants and animals.

See a mosiac of green from heathland on river plains to Mountain Ash forest covering steep slopes. Whatever recreational pursuit you enjoy, Bunyip State Park provides opportunities for all.

The legend of the bunyip

Beware of the Bunyip, a dark furry animal with a round face, small ears and fiery eyes that glow in the dark!

According to the Aboriginal people, the Bunyip or “Buneep” (as spelt on early maps which show the river, first cattle run and township) is a spirit that punishes bad people.

Local Aboriginal people believed the Bunyip lived in the swamps of the Bunyip River, and therefore avoided the area. Many early settlers, believing this story, never pitched their tents near a ‘Bunyip hole’. People were also careful not to make ripples when collecting water. This upset the Bunyip. 

Park stats

Size: 16,655 Ha (166.55 km2)
Authority: Parks Victoria
Distance from Melbourne: 82.4 km


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Park amenities, facilities, and things to do
  • Four wheel driving

    Four wheel driving
  • Campground

  • Campfires

  • Carpark

  • Walking track

    Walking track
  • Toilets / Restrooms

    Toilets / Restrooms
  • Horse riding

    Horse riding
  • Cycling

  • Sightseeing

  • Bird watching

    Bird watching
  • Trail biking

    Trail biking
  • Information boards

    Information boards

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