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FAQ for snow play on Mt Donna Buang


24 May 2021

Frequently Asked Questions for snow play on Mt Donna Buang



  • Mt Donna Buang is 1250 metres above sea level. Snow falls during the winter only.
  • Mt Donna Buang is approx. 70 kilometres from Melbourne CBD.
  • Visit Warburton Facebook page are the official providers of snow reports and updates on conditions. Please like the page and stay informed.
  • It is a very popular destination for snow play given its proximity to Melbourne and family-friendly conditions.
  • The closest town is Warburton, which is located at the base of the mountain.
  • There is no cost to access the mountain.

How long does it take to get up the mountain?

Mt Donna Buang Rd is approx. 17 kilometres to the summit. Access is only via Warburton Highway. It takes about 20-25 minutes to drive up from Warburton if there are no delays. The return drive is via the same road. It is a single lane carriageway in both directions. The road is winding and tree debris is common, especially when it’s windy. Care should be taken in both directions.

How safe is it to drive?

All drivers should be patient, cautious and drive to conditions.The grader generally clears the road by about 11 am every morning when there have been fresh falls overnight.

Do I need chains?

Many people like the added securing of carrying chains but generally they are not needed on a graded road. Chain hire should be arranged before you get to Warburton. There are no signs indicating when to fit chains as the snow line varies according to conditions. It is not mandatory to carry chains.

Please do be aware that there are regular reports of black ice and road conditions will change with additional falls and changes in weather and this may mean chains are advisable. Make informed choices and drive slowly and smoothly.

It is not recommended to drive the mountain at night time.

More details about safe driving are on our website or visit VICROADS.



A digital noticeboard will be set up on the main street in Warburton during peak season to advise of conditions on the mountain, travel times and other important information. Please check this sign and also the Visit Warburton Facebook page for updates.

Are there any other roads to get there?

No, the road from Healesville is always closed during the winter period. (Don’t let you GPS bring you that way!). Mt Donna Buang Rd (C507) is accessed from the Warburton Highway (C380) in the township of Warburton. GPS coordinates are (-37.7526564,145.7030014)

Is there public transport?

There is no public transport up the mountain. You can only catch a train or bus from Lilydale Train Station to Warburton.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs and other domestic animals are not allowed on the mountain as it is a National Park.

What facilities are on the mountain?

At the summit you will find picnic facilities, BBQs and some shelter. The Observation Tower is a popular destination all year round. There are public toilets (accessible) and several toboggan runs.

Can I hire toboggans?

Yes, there are toboggans for hire at the summit, via Mountain Tucker. Hire starts at $10 per hour on a Sunday, with longer hire periods on other days depending on demand.

Can I buy food and drink on the mountain?

Yes, the Mountain Tucker food van is at the summit selling hot food, coffee and beverages during peak periods.

You can also buy food in Warburton to take up with you from one of the many cafes, or the supermarket.

What toilet facilities are there?

Toilets can be found at the summit, at Ten Mile Carpark, and in several locations in Warburton (Recreational reserve, Mayer Bridge, children’s playground on main street, The Waterwheel Centre).

Where do I park?

There are large car parks at the summit. Another car park is located at Ten Mile car park (which is a two kilometre walk up to the summit). The Ten Mile location is also a good spot for snow play if you don’t want to go all the way to the top.

Does it cost anything?

No. Access to the mountain and parking is free.

What should I bring?

Bring all the snow gear you need to keep warm, dry and comfortable. Many shops in Warburton also sell warm clothing, hats, scarves, boots and other necessities including the pharmacy, hardware shop, supermarket and speciality shops on the main street.

We recommend you bring a change of clothes so you can travel home in dry clothing – especially helpful for children.

VIP – We recommend you have in your car:

  • Your mobile phone, fully charged
  • A full tank of petrol
  • A change of clothes
  • Snacks and water
  • A torch
  • Blankets
  • A shovel
  • Chains (if desired)

It starts to get very cold on the mountain after about 4pm so it is best to plan your descent prior to that time. You should also be prepared in the event you get delayed (a traffic event stops traffic, a blizzard or storm hits) as you could be in the car for longer periods than anticipated waiting to move on. Always tell people where you are going and advise an expected return home time. Travel with a buddy.

Is there accommodation on the mountain?

No, the closet accommodation is in Warburton at the base of the mountain and only 20 minutes away. See accommodation nearby.

Is there any wildlife?

Mt Donna Buang is a National Park and therefor home to a diverse range of flora and many types of animal and birds. Depending on the season and conditions you are likely to see lyrebirds and wallabies.

I heard there is spring water on the mountain – is that true?

Yes, there is a naturally running spring at the Ten Mile car park where spring water can be collected. The water is regularly tested by Parks Victoria and is turned off if reports indicate the water is not safe for drinking. This can happen for a variety of reasons and service will be returned when possible.

Are there walks on the mountain?

There are several walking tacks including a 1 km vertical climb up the mountain from Warburton. Many walks may not be suitable in winter or other adverse conditions. Maps and information can be obtained from the Waterwheel Centre.

More questions?

If you have any more questions feel free to drop in to the Waterwheel Visitor Information Centre between 10am and 4pm daily. Or phone them on 03 5966 9600.

Call 000 in case of emergency.


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