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Winter fun awaits at Mt Donna Buang this snow season

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Snow season has begun and Mount Donna Buang is ready for snow seekers to grab their toboggans and head up the mountain.

Situated east of Melbourne near the town of Warburton, Mount Donna Buang is just under a 2-hour drive from the CBD, making it one of the closest mountains for Melburnians to enjoy the snow.

Mount Donna Buang is spectacular at any time of the year but as the snow begins to fall it transforms into a wonderful winter playground that draws people from all over Melbourne.

There are 3 different toboggan runs, a designated snow play area, barbeques, car parking, toilets and a scenic drive up to the summit.

Visitors are encouraged to make a stop at the township of Warburton to pick up any last-minute items if needed before driving up to the summit. Locally owned cafes, restaurants and even a lolly shop can be found here which means there is something for everyone in your next trip to Mount Donna Buang.

There are car parks located roughly 300 metres down from the summit picnic area which are used during the snow season.  Visitors using wheelchairs and heavy strollers are not recommended to use the lower car parks below the summit due to the snow cover on the road that leads up to the summit picnic area. Access to the top carparks may be restricted at times due to weather conditions and high visitor numbers.

Before you go – it’s vital to make sure you are fully prepared. Consider things like:

  • Check local road closures, traffic updates and weather conditions regularly, remembering changes can occur quickly on the mountain
  • Roads can be very slippery – having snow chains for your car tyres is highly recommended and drivers need to understand when and how to use them. Putting snow chains on should be practiced before driving in snow area
  • Drive according to the road conditions and obey directions of staff working on the mountain
  • Travel in a car that is suitable. Small cars such as hatchbacks are generally not suitable and can often get into trouble on the slippery roads
  • It’s cold! – dress in appropriate snow clothes, especially young children.
  • The area is a national park – please take all rubbish with you and dogs are not permitted
  • Wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water
  • If conditions change and making it to the snow is no longer appropriate, consider visiting one of the many other natural attractions nearby

For more information about Mount Donna Buang, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit

The following quotes are attributable to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Conrad Annal:

“Visitors should check the local weather forecast, road closures and conditions for Mount Donna Buang regularly. Parks Victoria’s web site has details of some road closures in the park but we also suggest checking the VicRoads website and the local Visitor Information Centre as a good source of information.”

“The road and weather conditions can change very quickly in alpine environments so it’s also really important to drive safely according to the conditions.” “Being prepared will help make sure that you, your family and friends all have a safe and enjoyable day at the snow.”

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Jarred Parsons
8427 2403

Parks Victoria media centre