Budj Bim – Tae Rak (Lake Condah)

2023 Interpretation Australia National Awards for Excellence
WINNER 2023 Interpretation Australia Medal
WINNER First Nations Interpretation Project
WINNER Interpretation Project – Outdoors over $75k

For over 6,500 years the Gunditjmara people operated an extensive aquaculture system along the Mt Eccles (Budj Bim) lava flow and wetlands near Portland South-West Victoria, Australia. Their settlements were permanent stone structures and included a sophisticated network of fishtraps which provided an abundant and year round supply of eels, fish and water plants. In 2019 Budj Bim Cultural Landscape was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Mono Design were part of the design team engaged by Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to develop tourism infrastructure and interpretation for these unique and sensitive sites. The project spans five separate sites: Tyrendarra Recreation Reserve, Tyrendarra IPA, Kurtonitj, Tae Rak (Lake Condah) and Budj Bim National Park.

Over several years Mono Design designed all visual communication within the site, including:

– branding and logo development
– feature highway signage
– roadside wayfinding
– general site signage and wayfinding
– interpretive design and imagery for signage, architecture and landscape
– AV projection and display design
– 2D and 3D map design

The project design team included Look Ear (heritage interpretation), CooperScaife Architects (architecture) and Sound Environment (AV).

Photography by Tess Kelly

Client: Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

  • design
  • branding