Donna Buang

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Mt Donna Buang
Resort Summary
Resort Name Donna Buang
Location {{{location}}}
Resort Altitude 1,250 metres.
Winter Season
Terrain Overall:
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Lift System None.
Highest Lift
Lowest Lift
Vertical
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks None.
Snow Sports Toboganning, snow shoeing, extended snow walks.
Facilities Lookout tower, public shelter, public toilets, seasonal caravan kiosk.
Nearest Town Warburton, 20 km.
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

No skiing or boarding here - it is a snowplay destination, but very close to Melbourne. Doesn't get a lot of snow regularly, but a good place to take kids to see it for the first time after a lower elevation snowfall.

Location

Mt Donna Buang is located about an hours drive from Melbourne's eastern suburbs. It is near the picturesque town of Warburton.

Pros

Closest snow to Melbourne.

Cons

Unreliable snow. Modest facilities on the mountain.

Contacts

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Planning

Getting There

From Melbourne, take the Maroondah Highway (B 360) to Lilydale and the Warburton Highway (B 380) to Warburton. At the eastern end of town turn onto the Acheron Way (C 507). Continue to the junction with the Donna Buang Road (C 505). This is a toll road when there is decent snow. The road is sealed all the way to the summit area carpark.

Accommodation

On Mountain

There is a new place called Chrispies crank shack for the best food to eat and sleep

Off Mountain

At Warburton, Yarra Junction or Marysville.

Equipment Hire

Tobaggans can be hired from a handful of shops down in Warburton and Narbethong and occasionally on the mountain. The Shell service station on the main street of Warburton often hires out toboggans.

Resort Facilities

A large, but rather grotty shelter, a toilet block and an enormous fire tower with a curious double helix staircase. That's it.

Getting Around

No need for cars or busses. The snow play area at Mt Donna Buang is about the size of your local footy ground.

Parking

in the car park

Activities

Walking

Donna has a good selection of hikes, most are summer walks but an experienced and well equipped group can do them in winter too. See http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Bush_Walking#Mt._Donna_Buang .

Dining

A shelter hut is open all year round, a caravan often sells food and drink in the snow season.

Bars & Entertainment

Gosh no. Look off mountain. There are lots of cafes in Warbuton. The pub in Wesburn has very good parmas.

Ride Guide

No skiing, only tobbogganing.

Groomed Runs

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Off Piste

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Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

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Parks & Pipes

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Bumps

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Powder Zones

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Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Geography

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History

A small ski village with six runs and a large ski jump existed prior to World War II. Some was burnt in the Black Friday fires of 1939, most of the rest was dismantled and moved to other resorts, (notably Mt Buller) after the war. One ruined lodge remains in the trees at the base of a former ski run.

Resources

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