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Barbeque
Medium walk / Day walk
Scenic drive
Short walk
Sight-seeing
Snow play
Camp fires

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.

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.

Walks

Times are estimates only. Allow more time if starting from the bottom or in inclement weather.

Mt Donna Buang to 10 Mile Picnic Area

Distance: 1.2km
Time
: approx 30 minutes
Grade
: Moderate

Mt Donna Buang to the Rainforest Gallery

Distance: 3km
Time
: approx 1.5 hours
Grade
: Moderate/Hard

Mt Donna Buang to Mt Boobyalla

Distance: 2.5km
Time
: approx 1.5 hours
Grade
: Moderate

Mt Donna Buang return via Mt Victoria and 10 Mile

Distance: 6km
Time
: approx 3 hours
Grade
: Moderate

Scenic mountain drive

As you drive towards the summit, watch out for Superb Lyrebirds which can often be seen foraging on the roadside, particularly in the cooler months.

Take time to admire views of Warburton and the Yarra Valley from the vantage points located along the way.

Accessibility Information

Picnic Facilities

The picnic facilities at the summit consist of a covered picnic area, gas barbecues, information shelter, toilets and several picnic tables scattered out in the open. The lookout tower located in the picnic area is not accessible for strollers or wheelchairs.

Mt Donna Buang picnic area
Lookout tower and picnic tables at the Mt Donna Buang Summit picnic area

Access to the picnic shelter and gas barbecues is by a path (approximately 90 metres) leading up from the picnic area car park. Meandering past the lookout tower, this path is quite wide and consists of compacted small crushed rock. Most of the path is reasonably level although some sections have a gradient of approximately 1:14.

The picnic shelter has six picnic tables that have sides and ends with a roll under feature. The wall of the shelter has some bench seating . In the middle of the shelter there is a wood fired heater on a concrete slab. Wood is only provided when there is snow.

Mt Donna Buang picnic shelter
Picnic shelter at Mt Donna Buang

There are three picnic tables located out in the open near the shelter. These can be accessed using the access path to the picnic shelter. Two of these tables are on reasonably level ground and have roll under features at the table ends.

Carpark

There is angle parking near the information shelter and toilets that accommodates approximately 20 vehicles. This parking is on a sealed surface and has a slight cross slope. There is no designated disabled parking in this car park. Parking at the summit is not available when there are significant snow falls. Parking at the summit is not suitable for large buses or coaches.

There are large car parks approximately 300 metres down from the summit and these are commonly used during the snow season. These are large enough to accommodate large buses or coaches. Access from these car parks to the summit using wheelchairs and heavy strollers is not recommended due to the distance and gradient of the road leading up to the summit picnic area.

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