Walkers have a choice of interesting tracks around Buninyong, some in the heart of town are easy for all, others are more vigorous as they climb the many steep volcanic cones ringing the township.
Walks Around Buninyong & District
Walks Around Buninyong & District is a new website designed to feature local walks and provide 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.
Gravel paths with gentle gradients wind amongst lawns shaded by mature trees and over small bridges crossing a small stream and ponds in Buninyong's atmospheric Lower Botanic Gardens. Facilities such as a rotunda, children's play areas, barbecues, and toilets make this restful place popular for picnics.
In the Upper Gardens, another level path skirts The Gong, with steeper tracks leading up to the Catholic Church and to Mt Innes.
More about the Gardens
Historic Walks around the township
Union Jack Creek and Desoza Park
A level gravel path runs through Desoza Park for about a kilometre along both sides of the Union Jack Creek. It is suitable for prams, wheelchairs and bicycles.
The eastern end of the park, next to the Information Centre, has a rotunda, children's play area, barbecues, and toilets.
More about Desoza Park
Great Dividing Trail: Buninyong - Mt Innes - Mt Buninyong
Climbing the last steep stage
of the track up Mt Innes
|Now part of the Wallaby Track, the Daylesford to Mt Buninyong section of the Great Dividing Trail, the Buninyong Walk starts gently at the eastern end of The Gong, following the Yuille St reserve then climbs quite steeply up to Mt Innes where there is a seat and good views. From there, the track continues up to the summit of Mt Buninyong. |
A detailed map of the whole Wallaby Track with photos and commentaries on this section of the GDT is available from the Buninyong Information Centre for $9.50
See the Great Dividing Trail Associationwebsite for more info about the Victorian sections of the GDT.
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.
The website includes links to maps of the Goldfields Track embedded on both Garmin and Google Maps, that you can use or download on a smartphone or other mobile device.
Union Jack Reserve
A maze of bush tracks wander through the old gold mining area of the Union Jack Reserve on the north-east corner of Buninyong. A free self-guided map from Parks Victoria is available from the Buninyong Information Centre or is downloadable here