Lake Tyrrell (Direl) is a significant landscape and dominant feature of its environment. Dating back to more than 33,000 years, the antiquity, occupation, and significance of Lake Tyrrell is indisputable and comparable to the archaeological record of the Willandra Lakes Region – UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Lake Tyrrell (Direl) - Credit Geoff Caine

Barengi Gandjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BGLC) is the Registered Aboriginal Party for the south-west of Lake Tyrrell. There is no Registered Aboriginal Party appointed for the rest of Lake Tyrrell (Direl), however the site is of interest to other Traditional Owner groups including First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee, Latji Latji, Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi, Weki Weki, and Wemba Wemba.

Traditional Owners have identified spiritual, cultural, social, and scientific values unique to the area. Lake Tyrrell (Direl) is a place where the Dreamtime was viewed and experienced in both the night sky and its reflections on the lake, guiding the movements and lived lore of Aboriginal culture for the Boorong people and other clans.

Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Conservation Management Plan (CMP)

In response to concerns raised by the local Traditional Owners about activities impacting cultural heritage on and around the lake, the Victorian Government funded an Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Lake Tyrrell (Direl).

This plan provides an assessment of impacts to the significant cultural and environmental values of Lake Tyrrell (Direl), including those caused by tourism and increased visitation.

It also provides management strategies and actions to address current and future impacts.

Have your say on the CMP

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, together with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Parks Victoria, Regional Development Victoria and Buloke Shire Council, have worked in partnership to support the development of the CMP for the Lake.

The Plan will be used by land managers and local government to help determine the best way to manage activities at the Lake into the future to protect these significant values.  It also contains guidance for both private landowners and occupiers, along with public land licence and lease holders, to assist when planning to undertake activities on land at Lake Tyrrell (Direl) .

The final draft Plan is available for review and feedback until 5pm, Friday 11 February 2022.  Please send your feedback to

Direl CMP Public Report - Draft for comment (PDF, 16.7 MB)

WHEN COMMENTING, PLEASE NOTE: The Aboriginal cultural heritage information in this Conservation Management Plan belongs to the Traditional Owner Groups involved in the development of the plan and as such can only be updated based on their feedback or advice. Advice from community members who are not Traditional Owners will be considered where the feedback is on aspects of the Plan relating to non-Aboriginal information such as land ownership or tenure information, or the non-Aboriginal land use history of the lake.

Frequently asked questions (PDF, 315.5 KB)
Frequently asked questions  (DOCX, 1.1 MB)

Contact us

Please submit your feedback or if you have any questions regarding the CMP, please contact the Lake Tyrrell (Direl) team at

Deadline to submit feedback on the CMP is 5pm, 11 February 2021.

Page last updated: 03/12/21