Buninyong lies at the foot of Mt Buninyong, an extinct volcano that has signaled home to countless generations of local Wadawurrung people and to the more recent settlers of the present township.
Just over 10km south of Ballarat, Buninyong is enclosed by farmlands and wooded ridges. Its historic gold rush era buildings and gardens give it a picturesque tranquility 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.
Every January, the country’s best under 19, under 23, elite and para cyclists roll into Buninyong for the Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
The Buninyong Botanic Gardens possess an impressive collection of pines, conifers and maples. Four of its maple trees are registered on the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Register of Significant Trees.
Pop into The Shared Table in Buninyong and delight in the flavours of the Victorian Central Highlands.
Established in 1842, the Crown Hotel is the oldest continually licensed hotel in regional Victoria. Open for lunch and dinner seven days, it offers an inviting atmosphere with great service and a fine selection of food, beer and wine.
The Red Door Pizzeria serves handcrafted pizza topped with quality ingredients straight from the wood-fired oven.
For wine lovers, we highly recommend Mount Buninyong Winery.
Experience and enjoy the finest of Australian bushfood produce at Saltbush Kitchen. The laneway store stocks an exclusive range of Australian products for your kitchen, garden and home.
If you time your drive right, you might come across the Buninyong Village Market in your travels.
Once a season, this market is all about the local makers and creators. You’ll find it just held outside the Bunyinyong Town Hall.
There’s no shortage of quirky accommodation in Buninyong, so why not avoid the stresses of driving home after a long day of exploration and indulgence and stay the night.
Sleep in an old railway carriage which has been fittingly filled with 1920s-inspired furniture, or wander seven acres of historic gardens at a 19th Century heritage homestead. There’s also Camellia Cottage and Brim Brim Gardens.