mount buninyong panorama

Buninyong's natural environment

Surrounded by a precious band of bush and farmlands with natural springs and creeks, Buninyong's natural environment is one of its greatest assets. Along with several public parks and gardens in the town, it provides shelter for wildlife in a beautiful setting. However it is also very vulnerable to destruction by over-development and various forms of degradation.

Several groups have been formed in the district to care for the natural environment and try to preserve the remaining parks and bushland areas, safeguarding their existence for future generations.

dry gong
Our beautiful Gong reduced to a muddy puddle, for the first time in living memory. (April 2007)

Lal Lal Falls, after heavy rains, September 2016

Environment protection groups


Parks and Gardens

Friends of Buninyong Botanic Gardens

Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friends of Royal Park

This group was set up to save Royal Park from threatened housing development. It has converted the old Football Oval to an area for environmental education with a community garden and extensive revegetation. The old Football clubhouse is now used as an environmental resource centre and can be hired out for suitable functions.

planting at Royal Park

Many willing hands planted 500 indigenous shrubs and trees in banks around Royal Park on 21st June 2009. You can see the results on the eastern and western sides of the old football ground and enjoy watching them grow into handsome garden areas.

The Friends of Royal Park have also organised Sustainable Living Festivals here in Buninyong, at Royal Park, cnr Hedrick and Warrenheip Sts Buninyong, the last in Feb 2015.

See Friends of Royal Park for more info and updates on their activities.

Friends of the Union Jack Reserve

Enquires: Ken Nicholls ... 0437 942 064


Leigh Catchment Group Landcare Office
407 Warrenheip Street, Buninyong
PO BOX 167, Buninyong
Enquiries: Nick McKinley, Landcare Coordinator
Phone: 03 5341 2364 or 0455 147 398
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: Leigh Catchment Group
or Victorian Landcare-Leigh Catchment Group
and Leighway - Local Landcare newsletter

Williamsons Creek Landcare Group

Landcare Tree Plantings

Several thousand trees have been planted by Landcare groups, often with assistance from pupils in local schools on School Tree Day.

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At Garibaldi Bridge Reserve, tree planters of all ages got together on what turned out to be a lovely morning in the midst of some heavy rain over that weekend. Over 250 trees, shrubs and small smaller plants were carefully planted , quarded and watered in. The ground had been prepared beforehand and the species carefully selected by the Garibaldi Environment Group who have been turning this area of woody weeds and shifting waterway into a wonderful habitat and picnic area for nearly ten years.

Upper Williamson's Creek Landcare also planted selected trees at the very top of Mount Buninyong, making sure they are protected from grazing wallabies.
If you are interested in the work of these groups or you want advice on planting indigenous plants on your property while the ground is good and wet, contact Nick McKinley in the Buninyong Landcare Office near the Post Office on 5341 2364 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Planting native seedlings on the N-E slopes of Mount Buninyong, National Tree Planting Day


Animal Welfare Services

BADGAR (Ballarat and District-Greendale Animal Rescue) ... Emergency wildlife rescue, operates 24/7 ... 1300 223 427 ... Web: BADGAR

Hawk Haven ... Martin Scuffins ... Hardies Hill Rd, Garibaldi ... 5341 4623 ... E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Koala Rescue Australian Koala Foundation ... 5342 8141 ... Rolph Schlagloth ... PO Box 655 Ballarat

Wildlife Rescue ... 0417 380 687

Sustainable Living

Smart Building and Living Expo

Smart Building and Living Expo

Held annually at Royal Park, this local event, which will take place on the 26th of February in 2017, is part of Australia’s biggest Sustainable Living Festival. Smart Building and Living Ballarat showcases local sustainable building and lifestyle services and products for those planning to build or retrofit sustainable home solutions, and those interested in sustainable lifestyle and food choices. For more information visit: Smart Building and Living Expo or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Based in Ballarat, BREAZE - Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions Inc., is a locally formed group of energetic, forward thinking people who believe that there are more sustainable ways of living on our patch of the planet.
See their website: BREAZE for more information about environmentally-friendly lifestyles and solar energy.

Local environmental resources

Buninyong's plants

An excellent inventory of native trees, shrubs and plants within a 10 mile radius around Buninyong, including their Aboriginal uses, has been compiled by Neil McCracken. It is available for viewing or downloading as pdf: Buninyong Plants

Lost Waters - A History of a Troubled Catchment

An historical study of the West Moorabool River catchment by local author, Erica Nathan. This insightful book may be purchased online from Melbourne University Press.

Erica's introduction to the book may be read online for free or you can purchase the book at: MUP catalogue - Lost Waters