By Russell Luckock A working bee by volunteers from the Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club has cleared the South Walk again some 25 years after it was first established on Mount Buninyong. The Conservation Volunteers group then maintained it for a while, but it fell into dis-use until Roly Nam and Peter Hiscock took on the task of locating and rehabilitating sections of it.
After the current work, steeper sections of the track now have steps to make it easier for walkers to negotiate and to prevent erosion, while encroaching foliage has been cleared to make the path more obvious. The South Walk is sign-posted from the track west of the crater.
Bushwalkersmay be lucky enough to see an Agile Antechinus, a small, hopping, mouse-like marsupial that inhabits the Mount, including nearby gardens.These delightful animals are distinguished by a short life-cycle as all males die after the breeding season, while females produce the largest litter of any Australian marsupial.
And the South Walk has some wonderful views over the surrounding plains towards the coast.