The Donnellys Weir Mt 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 Mt St Leonard there are good views from the fire tower on top. This is the highest part of the walk at just over 1,000 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.
This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance.
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.
Max elevation: 1025 m
Min elevation: 121 m
Total climbing: 1298 m
Total descent: -1297 m