Buninyong Good Life Festival logoBuninyong Good Life Festival

The Buninyong Good Life Festival is held annually on the 3rd weekend in October.
It replaced the former Gold King Festival in 2011.

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horses and carts

The scene could have been from 100 years ago, apart from the power poles and perhaps people's clothing, but it was all part of the festivities of the 2012 Buninyong Good Life Festival. The Festival was held mainly in the grounds of the Uniting Church on Sunday 21st October. With stalls, competitions for the best buskers, decorated bikes and Buninyong Talent, it was lots of fun. See the Festival's website Buninyong Good Life Festival for more information.

To contact the Festival Committee:

Email Miranda Donald: mirandad@tpg.com.au
Call: 0419 584 227
Write to: PO Box 477 Buninyong 3357
Visit the Buninyong Good Life Festival website.


Teddy bears picnic at Bear Hugs

Enjoying the Teddy Bears Picnic at Bear Hugs

Buninyong Gold King Festival

The last Buninyong Gold King Festival, held on Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2009, was very successful, with many fun activities as always. Wonderful autumn weather brought happy crowds who enjoyed the lively entertainment, street parade, Art Exhibition, folk music, craft stalls, Teddy Bears Picnic, walking tours, market stalls, Bunny Breakfast, Church fete, fun runs and much, much more ....

The Buninyong Gold King Festival was established in 1975 to promote local community groups and provide a free festival for the Ballarat region. By bringing art, theatre, sport, activities for young and old, market stalls and the excitement of the annual Grand Parade to historic Buninyong, the Festival aimed to put a smile on everyone's face!

festival logoThe Festival was held annually from 1975 to 2009, largely in Desoza Park, and was named after Buninyong's former "Gold King", Henry Joseph Desoza, who, on the eve of his departure for Europe in 1883, conducted an unusual ceremony where he dressed in a velvet cap with a purple scarf and a camellia in his button hole and distributed about 100 gold sovereigns to various charities. At the conclusion of the ceremony Desoza was crowned with a circlet of gold fashioned to depict ferns and forget-me-nots.

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