The walk to Federation Uni is not a circuit walk though you can easily walk there and back. The walk becomes a circuit by parking in Buninyong and using the local bus service to complete the first leg of the walk.
It is often difficult to find a parking spot near De Soza Park. The closest alternative to avoid the 2 hr parking limit is in Learmonth St on the side Rd adjacent to the Crown Hotel, marked P on the map, about 100 m from the Bus Stop at De Soza Park. Toilets are available in De Soza Park.
A Myki Card is required for bus travel. Check cdcvictoria.com.au, Route 21: Ballarat -Buninyong via Federation University as services during the weekend, especially on Sunday, are few. To start the Circuit, catch the Bus from Buninyong to Greenhill Rd. The bus passes through the University before arriving at the Greenhill Rd bus stop, the start of the walk.
Cross Geelong Rd at the designated Road crossing just South of the Bus Stop as traffic along this section is quite heavy. Then follow the footpath along Greenhill Rd and Vincent Drive. At the Great Dividing Trail marker post in Vincent Drive, turn east into the Federation University Circuit Walk. Follow the marked walk through the University Arboretum to Bell Ave and turn West into the path along Gear Ave.
Continue to the end of Gear Ave crossing Geelong Rd to link up with the Goldfield’s Track, then turn South and follow the Track back to Buninyong.
For a separate Federation University Circuit Walk access the Great Dividing Tail Association website and scroll down to download the Walk map.
Walk Distance: 7.7 km
Difficulty Level: Medium
Estimated Time: 2 to 2.5 hours
Start: E 754140 N 5831550
POINTS OF INTEREST
1. De Soza Park
2. “Glencairn” 1850s
3. Site of Robert Burns Hotel
4. Site of Mt Helen Rail Siding
5. Greenhill Rd Bus Stop
6. Start of University Circuit