Koala on Mt Buninyong
Buninyong Village and surrounds provides many opportunities for walkers of all levels of fitness. One of the difficulties has been the provision of suitable, accessible information on the various walks. Apart from the Ballarat Heritage Walks and the Eureka Trails there is very little information accessible through the Internet on the 32 km plus, walking tracks within Ballarat City.
See Links to other walks.
The Buninyong Bird Park Walk has been developed as a model for providing this information, hopefully, the first of the many walks that will be recorded on this website. Walkers are able to print out copies of the information to guide them on the walk.
There are four elements to the format by which the walk information has been provided:
- Summary Sheet giving distance, location and other relevant information;
- Walking Notes - a description of the walk
- Background Information - notes on points of interest
- A Map with GPS co-ordinates embedded, so the map can be downloaded to an iphone or ipad, where the map can be used in a similar way to a vehicle GPS.
Although there are direction posts and signs on sections of walk [Goldfields Track, Biolink Trail], there are no posts or signs related to this walk. The benefits of this approach are many. There are no problems with vandals removing posts or defacing signs, information and maps on the walk are always available on the website and changes to the information provided are easily made.
The information and map provided are all that is required to take this walk.
Future Walks Development
- Mt Buninyong Reserve Walks
- Jessie McIntosh Memorial Walk
The Jessie McIntosh Memorial Walk is an 18 km mainly bushland circuit from Buninyong through Durham Lead.
Jessie was a four year old who wandered away from home near the junction of Lal Lal St and Webb’s Hill Rd Buninyong, in 1867 and her body was found in King’s Gully, East of Durham Lead. Jessie is buried in the Buninyong Cemetery.
The funding for the development of the initial Web Pages and Map was provided by the Ballarat City Council through its Community Grants Program, 2011
Ballarat Walking Tracks on the City of Ballarat's website is an excellent resource for walkers with links to maps and descriptions of a range of interesting walking tracks around Ballarat and district