The pretty township of Buninyong lies at the foot of landmark Mt Buninyong, 11KM south of Ballarat in Victoria.
Surrounded by a precious belt of farmlands and wooded ridges, Buninyong treasures the beauty of its natural environment and the picturesque gold-era buildings and gardens which give it an old-world tranquillity and charm. At the same time, its contemporary cafés, shops, markets, festivals and amenities all contribute to a spirited community life in the peace and beauty of the countryside.
Updated November 2014
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Buninyong's new Residential Zones - update
After widespread community concern about over-development and the loss of the rural character of our village, Victoria's Planning Minister said he was willing to act on Council's recommendation to apply the "Neighbourhood Residential Zone" to most of Buninyong, rather than the recently imposed "General Residential Zone" (which allows minimum lot sizes of only 300 square metres). Most of Buninyong's residents will be cheered by this news and look forward to confirmation that it has been implemented.
Read more in this month's edition of the Buninyong News.
As the NRZ will apparently be amended to allow the Council some discretion when considering subdivision applications, contact the Planning Department of the City of Ballarat for further clarification of what the new zoning will actually mean for Buninyong.
Changes to Buninyong Shops/streetscape
In Learmonth Street, the wonderful old M.G. Brown building has been sold and renovated and two new businesses have now opened there: "Yellow Rose Beauty Studio" and "ROAR Design". (The Lions' Bookshop which previously occupied the building is now looking for a new home. Can any one help?). Buninyong's first bakery still stands out the back and is being restored by the new owners.
The former Buninyong Shire Offices have also been sold and are being advertised as a site for a future restaurant.
In Warrenheip Street, two more new shops are nearing completion, close to the Community Bank. The Bank has bought the old brick house next to the new house facing the Information Centre but are retaining the tenancy of Leigh Catchment Landcare. New owners are also renovating the restaurant next-door which will open shortly under the name "Pig & Goose".
Buninyong Historic Buildings Plaques Project
The Buninyong & District Historical Society, in association with the Buninyong & District Community Association, has attached a series of plaques to historic buildings in Buninyong outlining their historical significance. Some of the plaques have QR (quick response) codes to allow people with smartphones to link to more detailed histories of the various buidings.
The project was funded by the Buninyong Community Bank and has attracted so much interest that a new series of plaques is about to be commissioned.
For the full list of plaques with their accompanying captions, visit the Historical Society's website.
Plaque outside the former Buninyong Brewery; Plaque on the former National Bank building
It's all about Buninyong & District
This site aims to cover all aspects of public life in Buninyong and the surrounding district, including neighbouring Mt Helen and nearby hamlets such as Scotsburn, Clarendon, Lal Lal, Yendon, Navigators, Magpie, Napoleons, Scotchmans Lead, Durham Lead and Garibaldi.
Alternatively, you can email us at the Buninyong Information Centre and we guarantee to follow up your query.
Family History Enquiries
This website cannot undertake geneaological searches. Please direct all online family history enquiries to the Buninyong and District Historical Society: www.vicnet.net.au/~buninhis. The society publishes an excellent bi-monthly newsletter which includes local geneaological information and readers' queries.
Many family history resources are also stored in the Buninyong Information Centre. It is open 6 days a week, Tues - Sun, 10am-3pm, and local volunteers are on hand to assist you with your enquiries.
Trying to find something on this website? Click here to bring up our Search box where you can type in what you are looking for and the relevant pages will be listed for you.
Walks Around Buninyong & District
Walks Around Buninyong & District is a great website for walkers, featuring local walks with plenty of support information. It has a detailed Summary Sheet, Walking Notes, Background Information on points of interest, and a downloadable Georeferenced Map for each walk. The website also allows for walkers to contribute photos and data concerning birds and plants identified along the walk.
The Buninyong Bird Park Circuit is the first walk that has been fully developed but many other walks are planned for the website. Walkers' feedback is welcomed. The funding for the development of the initial pages and map was provided by the Ballarat City Council through its 2011 Community Grants Program.
Ballarat Walking Tracks on the City of Ballarat's website is another excellent resource with links to maps and descriptions of a range of interesting walking tracks around Ballarat and district
See also the new Goldfields Track website which covers the 210 km Goldfields Track all the way from Bendigo to Mt Buninyong, via Castlemaine, Daylesford, Creswick and Ballarat.
Buninyong Information Centre
408 Warrenheip St, Buninyong, tel/fax: 03 5341 8211
Hours: 10am - 3pm, six days a week: Tuesday - Sunday
Tours of Buninyong
Interested in a group tour of Buninyong?
The Buninyong Information centre has organised several very popular tours of the township and surrounding district.
More info about touring Buninyong ...
If you know of a coming event or any other development affecting Buninyong and District that you would like to publicise, let us know so we can help spread the word. Any photos would be great, too. You can email the details to the Buninyong Website