Places to visit
There's much to see in and around Buninyong of remarkable natural beauty and historical interest. As well as browsing local shops such as Sew Special, Unique Garden Décor, Divine Vintage, the Lions' Bookshop or Lana-Rose and enjoying a coffee in one of Buninyong's welcoming cafés, there are several interesting walks to take around the town or surrounding district.
Calling in at the Buninyong Information Centre for maps, a Visitors Guide and a chat with a local volunteer is a good place to start.
Buninyong's pride is its lovely old-world Botanic Gardens and The Gong. Every season brings new perspectives on their life and beauty, making walks through the gardens and around the Gong an endless pleasure.
De Soza Park
In the heart of Buninyong, De Soza Park has picnic and toilet facilities, a playground and pleasant tree-lined walks along the Union Jack Creek.
Lal Lal Falls, September 08
An extinct volcano, Mt Buninyong gives great views over much of Western Victoria. You can drive or walk to the summit.
Mt Innes/Hastie's Hill
A small but steep volcanic neck of Mt Buninyong, Mt Innes/Hastie's Hill gives the best views over Buninyong. There is a very pleasant half-hour walk from the township or you can drive there in five minutes.
Of great historic interest, the headstones in the peaceful cemetery give glimpses into the lives of Buninyong's early residents.
Buninyong has a wonderful legacy of churches, shops, houses and public buildings still surviving from its early days. These can be freely seen, and some visited, during a leisurely walk around the township. The Buninyong and District Historical Society has produced a short a guide to such walks for those who would like more historical information.
Buninyong Town Precinct Update
It's finished and looking good. Now we're just waiting for the grass to grow and the street sculptures by Cliff Burtt to arrive. Debate is growing about where they would be best placed: there is clearly more room on the south-east corner, in front of the old bank, rather than in the smaller and more congested space on the north-east corner, as first proposed. What do you think?
Read more about the Buninyong town centre upgrade in: News
- Ballarat Bird Park, Mt Helen
- Lal Lal Falls
- Lal Lal historic Blast Furnace
- Sovereign Hill
- Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
- Ballarat city shops & cafes
- Ballarat Observatory
- Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
- Lake Wendouree and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
- Ballarat Wildlife Park
- Yuulong Lavender Estate, Mt Egerton
For more information about accommodation and tourist attractions in and around Ballarat, visit the following websites:
visitballarat.com.au - City of Ballarat's official tourism website
ballarat.com - Ballarat Accommodation & Tourism Directory
Walks around Buninyong
Two excellent booklets with maps of walks around the township are available from the Buninyong Information Centre:
Buninyong Heritage Walks
($5.00), published by the Buninyong
& District Historical Association,
with detailed annotations.