Grid Reference CU 836257
Department DEPI
Work Depot Woori Yallock
Region Port Phillip East
Grading N / A
Elevation (ASL) 1249m
Height 21m
Construction Steel
Cabin size No Cabin
Public access to site Yes
In use since 1913?
CFA Region 13 - Central
The current Mt. Donna Buang tower. Photo by Andre Belterman

In the Forest Commission's Annual Report 1926-1927 it states:
"During the year, the following additional fire lookout stations were established: Creswick, Mt. Disappointment, Mt. Donna Buang, Mt. Drummer, Mt. Nowa Nowa, Beech Forest and Mt. Macedon.
Four of these stations were operating last summer, and all seven will be operating during the summer of '27-'28".

This tower has always been a tourist attraction. It has been used as a fire lookout but details are unknown.
The poppet leg tower was erected in 1933 (? see below), it came from the Bendigo Goldmines.
This tower as replaced by the current steel tower in 1963 and was extended to 21m in 1995

In the Forest Commission's Annual Report from 1927-28 is the following entry:
"The efficiency of the Donna Buang station has been considerably increased by the erection of a 70' steel tower. The cost of erection, which was carried out by the Dept. of Public Works, was bore by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works, the Tourist Committee and the Forest Commission".

Please click on thumbnails for enlargements

1. The original
with text
2. Poppet leg

Thumbnail 1 was taken (with permission) from a display by Parks Victoria at the summit of Mt. Donna Buang.
Thumbnail 2 was supplied by the Healesville Historical Society and used with permission.

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