Distance: 13 Km | Duration: 6 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
The Monda Track follows the crest of the Great Dividing Range and is easy to navigate along walking tracks, management roads and grassy firebreaks. There are extensive views of mountain ash forests, blackwood trees, daisy bush, mint bush, silver wattle and tree ferns. This walk involves a 540m climb and a car shuffle.
The Walk in Detail
This walk begins on the opposite side of the Maroondah highway from Dom Dom Saddle car park at the Yarra Ranges National Park sign, near slow vehicle turnout. A vehicle track behind the water tank climbs for approx 200 metres to meet the Old Black Spur Road at a T-intersection.
Cross straight over and continue along the grassy avenue which meets up with a dirt road. The area on the left is the Maroondah water catchment where entry is not permitted. Keep following the Monda Track using walking signs to guide you, climbing up to a rain gauge on Archer Hill.
The undulating track continues through to a tree marker on a hill top, indicating the Bicentennial National Trail at the junction of Nursery Spur Track. At this point you have walked 7.5 km and gained an elevation of about 540 metres. Continue onto Nursery Spur Track following this down to Rouch Road, clearly marked on the right. Turn right into Rouch Road which takes you down to Maroondah Highway.
Getting ThereFrom Melbourne, follow the Maroondah Highway through Ringwood, Lilydale and Coldstream to Healesville (64kms). From Healesville continue on the Maroondah Highway for 16.5kms passing the Maroondah Dam on the left and Fernshaw Reserve on the right, from where the highway climbs the 'Black Spur'. At the crest turn right (take care of oncoming traffic) into the Dom Dom saddle picnic area car park. A car shuffle will be required with a car/s to be left at the end point at Natbethong a further 5km along on the Maroondah Highway.
Rouch Road has a steep descent and can be very slippery when wet. Keep to signed tracks in Restricted Access areas