Mount Buninyong


Mount Buninyong is large extinct volcano 15 kilometres south east of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.[1] The 745 metre volcano is on the Western Victorian Volcanic Plains.[2]

Mount Buninyong
Mount Buninyong viewed from south at the Midland Highway east of Scotsburn
Highest point
Elevation719 m (2,359 ft) AHD
Coordinates37°39′S 143°56′E / 37.650°S 143.933°E / -37.650; 143.933
Mount Buninyong is located in Victoria
Mount Buninyong
Mount Buninyong

The scoria cone of the volcano is more than 200 metres higher than the land around it which makes it one of biggest scoria volcanoes in Victoria.[2] It has a deep central crater. The volcano erupted several times, and during one eruption the west side of the volcano was breached. In later eruptions the lava flowed through this gap in the side. It is possible that the breach was actually another crater.[2]

There is a road that goes up to the top of the mountain, and there are a number of communication towers and a bushfire watching tower. There are three walking tracks: the Crater Walk, the Summit Walk and the Southern Walk.[1] It is also one of the last koala habitats in the area, with large manna gums and messmate trees.[1]

The name Buninyong comes from the Australian Aboriginal people known as the Wauthaurung. Their word for the mountain was Bunnin Yowang which meant "big hill like knee".[3]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 City of Ballarat, "Mt Buninyong Scenic Reserve"; retrieved 2012-6-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Mount Buninyong". 17 September 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  3. "Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative". 2004. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. Bunnin Yowang ('big hill like knee')