Mt Donna Buang

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Mt Donna Buang
Mt Donna Buang
Mt Donna Buang

Beautiful Rainforest Gallery Walk in Summer, snow play and tobogganing in winter!


Getting There

Just past Warburton you'll see the turn off for the Mt Donna Buang park just at the Warburton Motel.  It's a beautiful drive up, but like any mountain, it's a narrow winding road that can be very icy in winter so take care and do it slowly.  Chains are not required, being a gazetted road, VicRoads maintain and grade snow from the roads and carparks.  


Winter

For latest snow and road conditions at Mount Donna Buang call 13 1963 as conditions may change throughout the day.

In winter the summit area turns to snow play and three toboggan runs are opened. Toboggan hire is available in nearby towns. Snow chains are not required to be carried or used at Mt Donna Buang.
Car parking is available at the summit through the day, however the summit gate is locked in the evening and when there is snow. At these times car parking is available at the gate and the summit can be accessed by a 300 metre walk along the road.


Summer

At an elevation of 1245 metres, the summit features a lookout tower which is 21 metres high and offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It is also a popular picnic area and starting point for walks on the mountain.

The picnic area has gas barbecues, fireplaces, picnic tables, toilets and a lookout.

Rainforest Gallery

This beautiful site features a 40 metre long observation platform (one of only three of its type in Australia) which takes you into the rainforest canopy 15 metres above the ground.

A 350 metre long elevated walkway takes you through the Rainforest Gallery where you will see magnificent 65 metre tall old growth Mountain Ash trees, ancient Myrtle Beech trees (many of which are 300 to 400 years old), ferns, mosses and other plants that make up this damp and diverse rainforest environment.

There are several viewing spots along the walkway where you can pause and enjoy the sounds of Cement Creek flowing past on its journey to the Yarra River.

Accessibility Information

The observation platform is 40 metres long and has no steps. It has a level floor surface consisting of steel grating suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Handrails and safety fencing are on the sides of the platform. Below the observation platform is a 350metre long elevated walkway that meanders down into a rainforest gully. This section has many steps and is not suitable for strollers, walking frames or wheelchairs.  

Carpark at Rainforest Gallery

There is off road parking that accommodates about eight vehicles close to the rainforest observation platform. The car park is on reasonably level ground and has a surface of compacted medium-size crushed rock. There are no designated disabled parking bays in this carpark. There is an access path of approximately 40 metres of small, compacted gravel leading from the carpark to the observation platform. This is on reasonably level ground and there is a park seat for resting near the observation platform.


Photos and Information courtesy of Parks Victoria