Discover Byaduk

Volcanic phenomena and natural lava tubes,
coupled with friendly faces and the warmest welcomes.

Byaduk, where every day is a day to climb volcanoes, chase lava tubes and soak up views for days at Harman’s Valley lookout.  Add it to your next visit.


Aboriginal for running water, Byaduk and nearby Byaduk North were developed on permanent streams that spring from the volcanic tunnels that stretch from Mt Napier to the sea.

Red-hot molten rock once spewed high into the air from nearby Mt Napier, a large volcano, while the black river of cooling lava took over all in its path. One of the locals faves, the Byaduk Caves, was formed by this lava flow, leaving a series of what are known as lava tubes – the most extensive in Australia.  It’s also home to the rather odd and strangely shaped tumuli (known as lava blisters) formed along the lava flow, a rare volcanic phenomenon seen as mounds of rocks up to 10 metres tall resulting from cooling lava.

From Harman’s Valley Lookout you will witness the dramatic landscape, and the meandering route of the flow. This area is an important volcanic connection to the newly proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Listed Budj Bim landscape to the south.

The breathtaking cultural landscape of Budj Bim is home to an ancient aquaculture system, dating back 6600 years.  This complex pattern of weirs, channels, ponds and pools has long supplied, and still does, the Aboriginal Gunditjmara people with a year-round food source.  Budj Bim is a must-visit natural wonder. 

The Byaduk General Store is a hidden gem – and worth the visit to Byaduk alone. This little bluestone cottage store, founded in 1861, today is a treasure trove where you can find flowers, fashions, local marinades. There is something – or some things – for everyone.  Gorgeous Byaduk local, and current owner Robyn, is one of the many treasures to be found there.

On a sunshine filled day, you can park yourself under one of the large shady trees surrounding perhaps the most picturesque cricket ovals you are ever likely to see at the Byaduk Cricket Grounds.  Enclosed in a quintessential country white picket fence, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a local match, or simply indulge in a gourmet picnic with local produce from the region. It’s a reminder of the simple things that fill your heart.

An easy drive from Hamilton, Byaduk is a little town with big heart.


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Byaduk General Store

Byaduk General Store

Located along the main stretch of Byaduk, pop in and see Robyn at the Byaduk General Store during your exploration of the town. Full to the brim with antiques, clothing, homewares, accessories and other delightful finds, the store is a hidden gem. Take your time...

Byaduk Caves

Byaduk Caves

An undiscovered attraction in the Mount Napier State Park, the Byaduk Caves are the most extensive set of lava caves in Australia. The caves form an intricate connection of underground tubes, created when the lava from nearby volcano Mount Napier solidified on the...

Harman’s Valley Lookout

Harman’s Valley Lookout

Located along the Hamilton-Port Fairy Road just under 4km north of the Byaduk township, the Harman Valley Lookout showcases one of the best examples of lava flow constricted by a valley in the world. A number of information boards at the lookout provide visitors with...

Mount Napier State Park

Mount Napier State Park

Mount Napier is the youngest volcano in the state of Victoria and last erupted around 30,000 years ago creating what is now a magnificent State Park around it.  Mount Napier is a part of the Newer Volcanic Province and alongside Collorrer (Mount Rouse) and Budj Bim is...

Lava Blister (Tumuli)

Lava Blister (Tumuli)

Just 20 minutes south of Hamilton down Byaduk’s Old Crusher Road, you will find one of only three sites in the world where Tumuli exist. A natural phenomenon, these unusual circular mounds or hummocks of rock were created when the lava flow from Mt Napier spread and...

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