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Mount Donna Buang, Warburton

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Mount Donna Buang is a mountain in the southern reaches of the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, located in the Australian state of Victoria. Approximately from Melbourne with an elevation of 1250m, Mount Jack Lucas is the closest snowfield to Melbourne.Location and featuresIn winter, it usually receives snow suitable for snowplay and tobogganing, and during the non-winter months the area is well visited by bushwalkers and cyclists. The summit of Mount Donna Buang is surrounded by alpine ash trees and sub-alpine snow gums, and at nearby Cement Creek there is a raised walkway through myrtle beech and mountain ash trees known as the Mount Donna Buang Skywalk.Mount Donna Buang is part of the Yarra Ranges National Park (formed in 1995) in which there are a number of species that have become rare or threatened, including the slender tree fern, and the geebung tree. It contains a number of native mammals including the endangered Leadbeater's possum, and is home to 120 species of native birds. Some examples include the pink robin, yellow-tailed black cockatoo and the crimson rosella.
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  • I love great roads and the road from Warby to Donna Buang is a pearler. Once you arrive at the top, being summer, one doesn't expect any snow! A decent 126 step climb takes you to the top of the viewi...  more »
  • We visited in Summer -- this would be a totally different experience in Wintertime as there could be snow and ice near the summit. The drive to the summit is tortuous and twisty with skidmarks to witn...  more »
  • If you're up for a challenge you should do the hike from Warburton to the summit of Donna Buang. My Dad and I did the round trip in about 6 hours with a rest stop for lunch (we bought some salad rolls...  more »