Mount Helen, Victoria

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Mount Helen
Mount Helen is located in City of Ballarat
Mount Helen
Mount Helen
Coordinates37°37′39″S 143°52′15″E / 37.6276°S 143.8707°E / -37.6276; 143.8707Coordinates: 37°37′39″S 143°52′15″E / 37.6276°S 143.8707°E / -37.6276; 143.8707
Population2,975 (2016 census)[1]
Location6 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 2016 census, the population was 2,975.[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.

The first house in Mount Helen was built in 1952.

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 (27 June 2017). "Mount Helen (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Multimedia Victoria – IBM expansion brings 300 jobs to Ballarat". 4 December 2009. Archived from the original on 6 April 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  3. ^ Nolon, Patrick More Geelong Road Traffic Problems Feared The Courier 26 Nov, 2010
  4. ^ University of Ballarat Travel Plan