Walk Category: Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Healesville
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 91 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2007
Route: Fernshaw Picnic Area - Morley Track - Carter Gap - Dom Dom Saddle
This walk takes you beside Morley Creek and Watts River through beautiful mountain ash forests, their high canopy providing an ideal habitat for an understorey of shade-tolerant trees and shrubs that thrive in cool moist gullies. This walk involves a 400m climb and a car shuffle.
This dense, mixed forest of wattles, treeferns and blackwoods permits little of the hot sun to permeate to the forest floor, consequently providing cool walking during the hot summer months. You can also enjoy some lovely views as you walk from Carter Gap to Dom Dom Saddle on a track beside Road Eight. A steady climb with a steep section up a spur on Morley Track.
Follow the Morley Track, which leaves from the northern end of the picnic area. For the first 3.5kms the track meanders beside the Watts River, before climbing steeply uphill over the next 3 kms until reaching Road 8. On reaching this junction turn left and keep left on Road 8 until reaching the end of the walk at Dom Dom Saddle. The final 2 kms of the walk is downhill.
Variation: Can be done in reverse starting from Dom Dom Saddle. See 'Related Walks' Dom Dom Saddle - Fernshaw for details.
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Fernshaw 1 Gas BBQ
Getting to the start:
From Melbourne, take the Maroondah Highway through Ringwood, Lilydale and Coldstream to Healesville (64kms).
From Healesville continue along Maroondah Highway for 11 km to the Fernshaw Picnic Ground. A car shuffle will required to the end of the walk at Dom Dom Saddle cars a further 5km along the Maroondah Highway.
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