Walk Category: Day
Nearest town: Healesville
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Getting There: Car
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 67 km
Mobile phone coverage: Yes but varies by provider
Walk data collected: October 2007
This walk goes in an anti-clockwise direction.
The walk starts just outside the gate to Donnelly's Weir and follows a track along the side of an aqueduct to Echo Tunnel which carries water from Maroondah Reservoir. The road then bears left and follows Sawpit Creek to the junction of Condons Track.
The initial part of the track is wide and easy to follow, but then becomes very steep and less distinct, particularly near the top. Condons Track ends at the Monda Rd which is a wide fire trail that follows the ridge and is relatively level. There are some views from the Monda Rd but after a short steep climb to Mt St Leonard there are good views from the fire tower on top. This is the highest part of the walk at just over 1,000m and then the track descends back to Donnelly's Weir.
The initial part of this track is wide but quite steep; this becomes less steep after about 2km. The remainder of the walk down follows a wide fire trail through attractive bushland down to Donnelly's Weir. Walk through the Donnelly's Weir picnic area, across the creek and along the road to the cars.
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Melway Map: 270 G5
Donnelly's Weir is reached from Healesville via St Leonard Road which forks off the Maroondah Highway northwards near the east end of the shops. After 1.3km turn right on to Donnelly's Weir Road and travel 700m, avoid a road off to the right and cross the small Watts River. Some 400m further on diverge left for another 700m to a ford and gate which marks the entry to the weir area.
Topographic Map: Vicmap Topographic Map Juliet North and South 1:25,000
Parks Victoria: Yarra Ranges National Park
Note: There are seasonal road closures in this park. It is strongly recommended that prospective walkers check the Parks Victoria website for current information before visiting this park.