Mount Warrenheip in the distance behind Lake Wendouree
|Elevation||714 metres (2,343 ft) AHD|
|Listing||List of volcanoes in Australia|
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
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.
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.