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 is an excellent forest walk on good tracks for those happy to have a steady climb for about 3.25 hours. It is a good wide track, no drops or scrambling required although some sections could be slippery, particularly after rain.
The walk commences on a service road for the water catchment before joining Road No. 11 which continues up the spur. After 6.3km the track leaves Road 11 and there is a steep ascent for 1.8km through lush bush to the Mt St Leonard towers access road. From here it is a short walk to the summit and good views of the ranges and towards Melbourne.
The return walk is by the same route.
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
Walk Map for Donnelly's Weir – Road 11 - Mt St Leonard –Road 11 - Donnelly's Weir: Grid distance: 1km; Contour Interval: 20m; Grid North to top. Copyright State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Reproduced from Vicmaps Juliet South and North with permission of DSE
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.