• Length: 1.2km

  • Duration: .5hr

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Blackberry Lane Picnic Area

  • End: Blackberry Lane Picnic Area

  • Location: Mount Buninyong Scenic Reserve

  • Closest Town: Buninyong

  • Distance from CBD: 120km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.650071

  • Longitude: 143.919626

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Mount Buninyong - The Crater is a 1.2km, grade 2 circuit hike, located in Mount Buninyong Scenic Reserve, Victoria. The hike should take approximately .5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Mount Buninyong - The Crater hike is an easy walk commencing at the Blackberry Lane Picnic Area. The trail follows Blackberry Lane to the foot of Mount Buninyong before skirting the rim of an ancient volcanic crater.

Mount Buninyong is an extinct scoria cone volcano located 15km south east of Ballarat near the township of Buninyong. Unlike most other elevated points of eruption in Western Victoria, it supports some native vegetation.

The summit of the mountain is 745 metres and can be reached by either road or walking track. Superb views of the surrounding landscape can be seen from here.

Mount Buninyong is surrounded by a scenic reserve with an overstorey of eucalypts, a tussock ground cover and a very limited understorey. The remnant understorey has been interpreted in the light of both Mount Buninyong's European history and remnants from associated sites. Timber harvesting and an extended practice of grass fires with follow up grazing greatly reduced the shrub layer.

There are three walks on Mount Buninyong, the Crater Walk with a viewing platform (accessible to people with a disability), the Summit walk (a zigzag track) and the Southern Walk. The Summit and Southern Walks are graded as category three walks.

  • The Crater Walk - an easy walk, approx 1 km, 20 minutes
  • The Zigzag Summit Walk - steep slope requiring good footwear and reasonable fitness, approx 3 kms, 1 hour
  • The South Walk to the summit via Crater Walk - steep slope requiring good footwear and reasonable fitness, approx 3.5 kms, 1 hour

About the region

Mount Buninyong is an extinct volcanic mountain 745 metres above sea level. A great landmark of the district, it stands out from the vast Western Plains next to its northern sister Mount Warrenheip and is visible from the high-rise towers of Melbourne in the west and the Grampians in the east, providing a welcome sign of home to countless generations of local people.

Getting there

From Buninyong town centre head east along the Midland Highway turning left onto Mount Buninyong Road. Continue along Mount Buninyong Road turning right into Blackberry Lane, just after the junction of Hogarths Road. Park in the Blackberry Lane Picnic Area.


Great short walk for kids

GPX File

Total distance: 1225 m
Max elevation: 688 m
Min elevation: 655 m
Total climbing: 36 m
Total descent: -36 m
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