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Mount Cooper

At 137.3 m above sea level, Mount Cooper in Bundoora is the highest point in inner metropolitan Melbourne. Aside from higher peaks in the Dandenong Ranges, other eminences in the greater metropolitan region are located on the Mornington Peninsula (for example, Arthurs Seat, 216 m; Mount Martha, 160 m), in Melton City (Mount Kororoit, 237 m; Mount Atkinson, 140 m) and Hume City (Mount Ridley, 289 m; Gellibrand Hill, 204 m). The slopes of Mount Cooper are the location of a children's park and fauna park, picnic areas, wetlands and the Coopers Settlement Heritage Village. The homestead of racing identity and horse breeder John M.V. Smith was built in 1899-1900, and features outstanding stained glass work and other building decoration. After use as the Repatriation Mental Hospital from 1924 and as a day hospital from 1968 until decommissioned in 1993, the mansion was restored and opened in 2001 as the Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre.

Andrew May