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 current Bus Stop. Toilets are available in De Soza Park. The actual walk is not a circuit walk. The walk becomes a circuit by parking in Buninyong and using the local bus service to complete the first leg of the walk. The bus stop is currently at De Soza Park but there are plans to remove this stop. If that happens, the nearest bus stop is between Eyre St and Palmerston St.
A Myki Card is required for bus travel. Check www. cdcvictoria.com.au, click on Timetables, Ballarat Route 10 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