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Mount Warrenheip
(Warrengeep)
Mount Warrenheip.jpg
Mount Warrenheip, viewed from Mount Buninyong
Highest point
Elevation 741 metres (2,431 ft) AHD
Listing List of volcanoes in Australia
Geography
Location Warrenheip, Australia

Mount Warrenheip /wɒrənˈhp/ (Wathawarrung: Warrengeep) is an inactive scoria volcanic cone in Victoria, Australia. The mountain has an elevation of 714 metres (2,343 ft) AHD. A landmark of Dunnstown, the closest town, the mountain is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of the Ballarat central business district, in the locality of Warrenheip.

Snow falls on Warrenheip on average 5 days a year. It experiences a climate similar to nearby Ballarat however is often a few degrees colder owing to its elevation and more exposed to the wind.

Mount Warrenheip last erupted around 1,000,000 years ago. Along with nearby Mount Buninyong, it is one of only two forested scoria cones in Victoria.

Location and features

Steam traction engine at Mt Warrenheip near Ballarat
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.

Mount Warrenheip Victoria
Mount Warrenheip Victoria

The mountain was subjected to fire in 1866, 1901, 1939 and again in February 2013.

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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