Mount Warrenheip

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Mount Warrenheip
Mount Warrenheip Victoria.jpg
Mount Warrenheip in the distance behind Lake Wendouree
Elevation 714 metres (2,343 ft) AHD
Listing List of volcanoes in Australia
Location
Mount Warrenheip is located in Victoria
Mount Warrenheip
Mount Warrenheip
Location in Victoria
Location Warrenheip, Australia
Coordinates 37°39′S 143°56′E / 37.650°S 143.933°E / -37.650; 143.933Coordinates: 37°39′S 143°56′E / 37.650°S 143.933°E / -37.650; 143.933

Mount Warrenheip is an inactive volcanic cone in Victoria, Australia. The mountain has an elevation of 714 metres (2,343 ft) AHD. The mountain is a landmark of Dunnstown, Victoria the closest town, with the mountain being located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of the Ballarat central business district, in the suburb of Warrenheip. Mount Warrenheip ceased volcanic activity around 100,000 years ago. Along with Mount Buninyong, it is one of only two forested scoria cones in Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

Mount Warrenheip is surrounded by farmland. The foothills are the location of Kryal Castle and cattle grazing.

The name Warrenheip originates from the Wathaurong word Warrengeep, meaning "emu's feathers" in reference to the resemblance of the fern like vegetation coverage which once covered it. In spring, forget-me-not flowers appear on the slopes. Most of the mountain is designated as a nature conservation reserve and there are a small number of koalas and wallabies in residence.

Hundreds of trees on the mountain have died in recent decades from an unknown cause, predominantly peppermints, manna gums and stringy bark gums.

The mountain was subjected to fire in 1901, 1939 and again in February 2013. Light snow falls on Mount Warrenheip occasionally.

Mount Warrenheip has four telecommunications towers installed at its peak, including antennae for Radio 3BA, Voice FM 99.9, ABC News Radio, Telstra mobile and WiMax services, an amateur radio repeater and police dispatch radio.

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