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Coming Events in February 2018

Jayco Herald Sun Tour, 2 February

Another big cycling event will pass through Buninyong on Friday 2 February. Riders in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour will arrive from Warrnambool via Camperdown, Mount Mercer and Durham Lead then do a lap of Mount Buninyong. Warrenheip St (between Barkly St and Midland Highway), and Learmonth St slip lane (between Warrenheip Street and Midland Highway, next to Crown Hotel) will be closed 10am-7pm and a detour will operate via Barkly St and Lumeah Road for the event. Spectators are encouraged to watch the exciting Stage 2 Race Finish in WarrenheipStreet around 3pm.

Marvellous Marmalade Fair, 3 February

This year's  Marmalade Fair will be held in the Buninyong Town Hall on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 1pm. Selectors will announce the winners of a range of highly contested classes and jars of delectable marmalade will be on sale.

As You Like it, 9-18 February

Acclaimed local theatre group, The Bard In Buninyong, will transform the Buninyong Botanic Gardens into the Forest of Arden, for an adapted version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It over two weeks. Performances are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday  9 - 11 February, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday 16 - 18 February. Director, Susan Pilbeam, invites audiences to BYO Picnic and rug/ chair. For more information:

About Buninyong

Buninyong lies at the foot of landmark Mt Buninyong, the old volcano that has signalled home to countless generations of local Wathaurung people and to the more recent settlers of the present township 11KM south of Ballarat in Victoria.

Enclosed by farmlands and wooded ridges, Buninyong's historic gold-era buildings and gardens give it a picturesque 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.

Founded in 1841, the little town was the earliest inland settlement in what was then the Port Phillip District of NSW. Buninyong's blacksmith dramatically changed its course in August 1851 when he discovered gold, starting a rush that gave birth to Ballarat and the enormous riches of the Victorian goldfields.

Today, the "first-settlement" benefits from its proximity to the prosperous regional city of Ballarat, but Buninyong still proudly protects its independent identity. This is preserved by a strong sense of local community, our historic town centre and the encircling green belt of bushlands and farms, all presided over by our beloved Mount.

This site aims to cover all aspects of public life in Buninyong and the surrounding district, for visitors and local residents alike. It covers neighbouring Mt Helen and nearby hamlets such as Scotsburn, Clarendon, Lal Lal, Yendon, Navigators, Magpie, Napoleons, Scotchmans Lead, Durham Lead and Garibaldi.
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