Mount Helen, Victoria

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Mount Helen
Mount Helen is located in City of Ballarat
Mount Helen
Mount Helen
Coordinates 37°36′07″S 143°52′05″E / 37.602°S 143.868°E / -37.602; 143.868Coordinates: 37°36′07″S 143°52′05″E / 37.602°S 143.868°E / -37.602; 143.868
Population 2,718 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3350
Location 6 km (4 mi) from Ballarat Central
LGA(s) City of Ballarat
State electorate(s) Buninyong
Federal Division(s) Ballarat
Suburbs around Mount Helen:
Mount Clear Mount Clear Navigators
Magpie Mount Helen Buninyong
Magpie Buninyong Buninyong

Mount Helen is a fast-growing southern suburb of Ballarat situated just north of the town of Buninyong in Victoria, Australia on the Canadian Creek. At the 2011 census, the population was 2,718.[1]

Mount Helen, like nearby Mount Clear is characterised by its topography of gently undulating hills flanked by bush and pine plantation forestry. Canadian Creek, runs north to south through the suburb's centre.

Mount Helen is the headquarters of Federation University Australia and the Ballarat Technology Park, a campus style office park with tenants including IBM, and a number of state government offices including the State Revenue Office, collectively employing more than 1,400 people.[2]

Mount Helen once had its own railway station on the Buninyong railway line but the station closed to passengers in 1930. Mount Helen is classed as automobile dependent and traffic along its main roads are some of the heaviest in urban Ballarat[3] with over 15,000 vehicles per day and expected to increase by almost 50% over the next three decades.[4] The main form of public transport is a bus service which runs along the Midland Highway between Bunninyong and northern Ballarat at a frequency of approximately 30 minutes.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mount Helen (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Multimedia Victoria – IBM expansion brings 300 jobs to Ballarat". 4 December 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Nolon, Patrick More Geelong Road Traffic Problems Feared The Courier 26 Nov, 2010
  4. ^ University of Ballarat Travel Plan