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This year's Buninyong Festival will be held 25-27 October 2019

The big Festival day is on the Sunday 27 October (9am-4pm) and there will be smaller events happening on 25th & 26th.

Visit the Buninyong Festival's website for more information about the program closer to the date. You can contact the organisers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Buninyong Good Life Festival was held annually for five years on the 3rd weekend in October, from 2011 (when it replaced the Buninyong Gold King Festival) until 2015.

Photos below were taken by the Buninyong Community Website photographer, Liz Lumsdon, during the 2015 Buninyong Good Life Festival which drew large crowds who enjoyed lots of activities and interesting stalls in Desoza Park.

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The scene could have been from 100 years ago, apart from the power poles and perhaps people's clothing, but it was all part of the festivities of the 2012 Buninyong Good Life Festival.


To contact the Buninyong Good Life Festival Committee:

Visit the Buninyong Good Life Festival website.

The Good Life Festival replaced the former Gold King Festival in 2011.

Buninyong Gold King Festival

Teddy bears picnic at Bear Hugs

Teddy Bears Picnic at Bear Hugs

The last Buninyong Gold King Festival was held on Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2009 with many fun activities as always. Wonderful autumn weather brought happy crowds who enjoyed the lively entertainment, street parade, Art Exhibition, folk music, craft stalls, Teddy Bears Picnic, walking tours, market stalls, Bunny Breakfast, Church fete, fun runs and much more ...

The Buninyong Gold King Festival was established in 1975 to promote local community groups and provide a free festival for the Ballarat region. By bringing art, theatre, sport, activities for young and old, market stalls and the excitement of the annual Grand Parade to historic Buninyong, the Festival aimed to put a smile on everyone's face!

festival logoThe Festival was held annually from 1975 to 2009, largely in Desoza Park, and was named after Buninyong's former "Gold King", Henry Joseph De Soza, who, on the eve of his departure for Europe in 1883, conducted an unusual ceremony where he dressed in a velvet cap with a purple scarf and a camellia in his button hole and distributed about 100 gold sovereigns to various charities. At the conclusion of the ceremony De Soza was crowned with a circlet of gold fashioned to depict ferns and forget-me-nots.