• Length: 25.3km

  • Duration: 8hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Donnelly's Weir Road

  • End: Donnelly's Weir Road

  • Location: Yarra Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Healesville

  • Distance from CBD: 68km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.63637318

  • Longitude: 145.5353293

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Donnellys Weir Mount St Leonard is a 25.3km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Yarra Ranges National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 8hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Donnellys Weir Mount St Leonard hike starts just outside the gate to Donnellys 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 Condons Track is wide before becoming less distinct and very steep. Condons Track ends at the Monda Rd which is a 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 Mount St Leonard there are good views from the fire tower on top. This is the highest part of the walk at just over 1,000 metres.

From here the track has a 2km steep descent before it becomes less steep and follows a wide fire trail through attractive bushland down to Donnelly's Weir. The walk travels through the Donnelly's Weir picnic area, across the creek and along the road to the cars.

Be Prepared

This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance.

Getting There

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 25345 m
Max elevation: 1025 m
Min elevation: 121 m
Total climbing: 1298 m
Total descent: -1297 m
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15 thoughts on “Donnellys Weir Mt St Leonard (25.3km)

  1. I hiked this in Sep 2018 – most of the info here is still current, although Condons Track may have been moved since this page was posted. It starts and ends in the same places, but according to my GPS I took a different route between those points, and the track I was on was pretty fresh.

    Overall there’s some good hiking interspersed with some tedious walking along gravel roads. Definitely do it clockwise so you don’t have to hike up Condons. Easier to push through a steep overgrown track when gravity is with you!

    1. Hey Luke. Thanks heaps for the update. Would be great if I can get a copy of your GPX file so that I can update the route. My email is [email protected]

      Cheers, Darren

    2. Great hill training hike even if you focus on just the mount at leonard portion without the weir. Great scenery too. Can be slippy in the wet, recommend poles for steeper sections

  2. We did this hike today and loved it! It really is a challenge especially the first part if you take the circuit clockwise like Luke recommends, as it is steep but you’ll be satisfied with the nice scenery once completing it. Condons track is like going down the side of a mountain and is slippery with loose dirt and lots of bark and fallen trees so take it slowly when needed, but when at the bottom it is back into easy gradient. I used the downloadable GPX which was fairly accurate and made one of my own using my Tom Tom Adventurer. The only thing about the starting point that they give you here with Latitude Longitude Coordinates its maybe 500m down the road from the starting point of the track so drive further along until you see a parking area which is where the walk tehnically starts from rather than starting it on the Donnellys Weir Road. You do need to drive through a shallow creek but better than walking rthrough it!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the hike Greg. Re the start point. Reason I give the GPS coordinates near the ford and not the official start point is that the park has an automatic gate that closes at a set time each day. If you drive to the actual start point as you suggest and you return after the gate has closed you will not be able to get your vehicle out until the following day.

      My recommendation is to always start the hike before the gate unless you can guarantee you will finish the hike in time.

      Glad you like my site. Cheers. Darren

  3. Hey Darren, just checked my GPX and it looks very close to what you have here – must have just been some patchy signal when I checked my position on the way down. Feel free to delete that part of my comment!

    1. Hi Cooper. You pass a few creeks at the start of the hike but beyond that there really aren’t any water collection points. It’s generally done as a day hike so I just carry 3ltrs or water.

  4. Coming back to weir at sunset after visiting the top I came face to face with a huge 12 pointer stag. We stared at each other, time slowed. It was magic. Weir often has Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos.

  5. The GPS position given is for a bridge a couple of hundred meters before the gate.

    I _think_ the correct location for the gate is -37.632847, 145.535544 (but don’t just take my word for it, find the gate and know you are on the correct side of it…)

    The gate is well hidden when entering the park, and is best seen looking back after crossing the “stream”. Note that it _could_ be dry, so don’t assume.

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