Mount Warrenheip

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Mount Warrenheip
Mount Warrenheip Victoria.jpg
Mount Warrenheip in the distance behind Lake Wendouree
Highest point
Elevation 741 metres (2,431 ft) AHD
Listing List of volcanoes in 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 located in Victoria
Mount Warrenheip
Mount Warrenheip
Location in Victoria
Location Warrenheip, 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[edit]

Steam traction engine, pulling three timber wagons. Engine bears the nameplate 'George' and is manufactured by John Fowler Steam Plough Works, Leeds.

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 1866,[1] 1901,[2] 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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  1. ^ "THE FIRE ON MOUNT WARRENHEIP.". The Ballarat Star. Vic.: National Library of Australia. 8 January 1866. p. 4. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "BUSH FIRES. MOUNT WARRENHEIP BURNING.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 25 February 1901. p. 6. Retrieved 12 February 2015.