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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2011
The township of Buninyong sits at the base of Mount Buninyong at the far south
of the municipality, 11km from the centre of Ballarat. The town was first settled
in 1838 and is one of Victoria’s first inland townships.
The town grew quickly when gold was first discovered there in 1851, and the
landmark find led to the discovery of a large amount of the precious metal in
Today, Buninyong is home to around 1,800 residents and is a beautiful heritage
township with attractions to interest residents and visitors alike. T he public librar y,
post office and Shire hall are all examples of heritage buildings worth a visit.
Mount Buninyong, an extinct scoria cone volcano, overlooks the township, offering
beautiful views of the entire region. It is a popular tourist attraction and a favourite
spot for locals. The summit of the mountain is 745m and can be reached by
either road or walking track.
There are three walks on the mountain: the Crater Walk (with a viewing platform
and access for people with a disability), the zigzag Summit Walk and the Southern
Walk. Both the Summit and Southern walks are graded as category three
walks. The City of Ballarat and Mount Buninyong Management Committee have
installed interpreted and directional signs at various points to assist walkers
along the trails.
Mount Buninyong is home to one of the most significant koala habitats in the
Ballarat municipality. The City of Ballarat and the Australian Koala Foundation are
working together to identify various koala habitats and link these habitats from
Mount Buninyong to the surrounding areas. Groups including Landcare, schools
and other community organisations engage in revegetation projects aimed at
building vegetation corridors for long term fauna conser vation.
THE BUNINYONG MAKERS MARKET
The Buninyong Makers Markets have become a popular attraction in the town,
with people coming from far and wide to view and buy the high-quality handmade
products on show.
The special Christmas Market will be held at the historic Buninyong Town Hall from
10am to 3pm, Saturday 10 December. The market offers a perfect opportunity
for locals and visitors to find beautiful, unique Christmas gifts, while keeping their
commitment to shop local.
The Buninyong Makers Markets is a non-profit organisation with all money raised
re-invested into promotion of the market and the community. The market is
volunteer run and was created by local Kylie Bickerdike after she saw a need in
the area for a market based around handmade goods.
BUNINYONG BOTANIC GARDENS
The Buninyong Botanic Gardens is a popular place for picnics and
recreation, featuring an outstanding array of plant life, barbeque facilities,
a playground and a fishing lake. The Gardens have been a part of the
town since shortly after settlement and are among the oldest municipal
gardens in Victoria.
A major community celebration took place in mid-November to mark
the 150th anniversar y of the Gardens. New stone gateways to the
Gardens were unveiled as part of the event, their style a throwback
to a form of fencing once popular in the area due to the abundance
of volcanic rock. This was followed by a parade featuring the Mt Clear
Secondary College Band, a Merr yweather Fire Pumper from 1899, and
a procession of flower-laden wooden wheelbarrows made especially
for the occasion by grade four students at Buninyong, Scotsburn and
Lal Lal primar y schools.
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