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As You Like It, 9-18 February

Acclaimed local theatre group, The Bard In Buninyong, transforms Buninyong's beautiful 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. Evening performances (Friday and Saturday) start at 7pm, afternoon shows (weekend) start at 1pm. Director, Susan Pilbeam, invites audiences to BYO Picnic and rug/ chair. For more information:

As You Like It Buninyong

Audience enjoys the opening performance of As You Like It in the Buninyong Gardens on Friday evening As You Like It Buninyong

Rosalind (left) sees Orlando for the first time when he challenges Charles, the professional wrestler

Smart Building and Living Expo, 25 Feb

Smart Building and Living Expo

Held annually at Royal Park, this local event, will take place on Sunday 28th February in 2018. Part of Australia’s biggest Sustainable Living Festival, the Buninyong Smart Building and Living Exposhowcases 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. This year's expo will feature ways to refuse, reduce and reuse waste. 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.

Wind Farm Enquiries

Like to know more about wind farms? Tracey Ward, Community Engagement Manager of Lal Lal WindFarms, is in the Buninyong Information Centre on Mondays (10am to 4pm), Thursdays (9am to 2pm) and Fridays (8am to noon) to meet with people to discuss Lal Lal Wind Farms. Call in to ask questions, raise concerns, find out everything about windfarms - Tracey will be happy to talk with you.

See Lal Lal WindFarms website for more info.

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.
If you can't find what you are looking for on these pages, clicking a link to one of the local community groups, businesses or services with specialised knowledge should bring the answer.
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