donellys-weir
  • 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: -37.6363731804

  • Longitude: 145.5353292694

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Donnellys Weir Mt 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.

Summary

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.

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.

 

Total distance: 25345 m
Max elevation: 1025 m
Min elevation: 121 m
Total climbing: 1298 m
Total descent: -1297 m
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2 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!