In 1824, explorers Hume and Hovell named Mt Disappointment. This was due to their disappointment in discovering that Port Phillip Bay could not be viewed from the summit due to dense tree growth (Mt Disappointment State Forest, Attraction, Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia," 2018).
In 1870 the mountain was mined for gold (and gold never disappoints) and after that timber and saw milling operations until 1939. Over 420 men were employed when the milling hit its peak. And I have to point out that the trees, which caused the name Disappointment in the first place were cut by the same industry that the name-givers of Mt. Disappointment brought.
The mountain is currently home to fauna like Mountain Grey Gums, Red Stringybarks, Narrow-leafed Peppermints, Long-leaved box, and Candlebarks. Also, there are a great diversity of bird life and habitat for deer, wombats and wallabies.
So after reading the story Mount Disappointment, I can’t help but imagine if the mountain really is a disappointment. After all the gold people have mined, and the timber cut and sawed, is the mountain even disappointing enough to be called such?
Note: There is also a smaller disappointment in California and it was so named because the surveyors initially thought it was the highest peak in the area but then upon climbing the mountain with their equipment, they realized that the nearby Mt. Gabriel is higher so they had to move their equipment.