Mt Donna Buang and Mt Victoria From Warburton

Mount Donna Buang is a mountain located in Warburton Victoria with a moderate trek, a fresh-water spring mid-way at the carpark and an observation tower at the top of the trek.

Most people begin at the carpark for a relatively quick trek, however, this trek begins from the bottom of the mountain and climbs to summit. The path for this trek is well defined, and the view at the top is amazing. During the winter months, it often snows and Tobogganing is available at the summit. This path can get a bit slippery due to the mud during Winter, so we recommend if possible, doing it on a dry day or to bring trekking poles. Keep in mind, that as it sometimes snows at the summit during winter, you may require correct clothing, and if you plan to drive to the summit, you may require snowchains (or you can often wait for it to be cleared).

Whilst Mt Victoria is a bit of a letdown (its flat at the top with no lookout), Mt Donna more than makes up for it. On the way down, we recommend passing the carpark, and there is a pipe from the water spring which can be used to refill your water (feel free to push in front of the water companies who often hog it and often fill dozens / hundreds of bottles).

In windy weather, there is the risk of branches falling. The route is fairly obvious with GPS, and quite a number of people follow the route (although, due to its long length, you can’t rely on people the entire way). Toilets are available at the Mt Donna Buang Summit, and at the Carpark near the water springs.

A fair amount of parking is available on the street at the beginning (on the corner of Wellington Rd and Martyr Rd), and the entry to the trek is signposted. There is nothing particularly technical about this trek, so we consider it moderate, and you don’t need to be super fit to make it (it just takes time).

Bushrangers Bay to Cape Shanck

Bushranger Bay to Cape Shanck is an easy walk with a well defined path, and lots of foot traffic. It starts from the Bushrangers Bay Carpark, leads to the footbridge of Cape Shanck (which can be followed down to the Coast) and returns. Views are spectacular and there is excellent scenery upon the way.

To halve the distance required and make it easier, you can leave a second car at the Cape Shanck Carpark to return you to bushrangers bay. There is mobile reception along various sections of the route, and this is a good one for beginners as there are many people to ask. Whilst the path isn’t wheelchair accessible (due to stairs), most people have very little trouble. Expected time to complete the trek is 2-3hrs, and you may see some wildlife along the way.

This walk is considered a staple by many trekking groups due to the ease of completion and the excellent views.