• Length: 18.1km

  • Duration: 5-6hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Ground

  • End: Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Ground

  • Location: Black Range State Forest

  • Closest Town: Healesville

  • Distance from CBD: 80km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.59225136

  • Longitude: 145.6428086

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Monda Track is a 18.1km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Black Range State Forest, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5-6hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Monda Track is a very picturesque track following various access roads and tracks, plus firebreaks, through the Black Range State Forest. There are many very beautiful segments where you are surrounded by great specimens of the Mountain Ash.

The track begins just before the access gate at the South End of the Carpark. Follow the road to your left, then take Dom Dom Creek Road to your left after roughly 400 metres. After approx another km you will see Hermitage Walking Track to your left (not signposted). Follow this to the highway.

You will need to walk along the highway until you see Black Spur Caravan park. Be very careful along the highway as traffic moves fast. Cross the highway then head uphill on Rough Road (the signs say Rouch Road!?).Keep following this until you hit the junction (roughly 8km since beginning). You'll then need to take a couple of lefts until you are on Lookout Spur Road. Keep following this until you arrive at Archer lookout. This is a good lunch spot, it is recognisable by having large stones placed.

After this follow Monda Track and continue along this and then downhill. You will come to a gate which you will need to climb over. You can then take the firebreak to Archer Hill and then righ and downhill where you will join Road 9. Keep following this downhill and eventually you will arrive at the road.

The section from Archer Hill back to the road is the most scenic.

About the region

Black Range State Park is a state park 340 km northwest of Melbourne, Australia, near the town of Cavendish. It covers an area of 117 square kilometres. In addition to natural flora and fauna, the park protects Australian Aboriginal art and occupation sites of the Jardwadjali people. The area's steep, rocky terrain meant it was never cleared by pastoralists, and has essentially remained in its natural condition.

Getting there

Make your way to Healesville, then continue on the Maroondah Highway for roughly 18km until you see the entry to Dom Dom Saddle Carpark on your right. Be careful as it comes up quickly, but there is a sign notifying of picnic area 300 metres beforehand.


You may encounter leaches on this hike. Make sure you have a good map as there are many different roads passing through and it would be easy to take a wrong turn.

GPX File

Total distance: 18174 m
Max elevation: 960 m
Min elevation: 386 m
Total climbing: 831 m
Total descent: -835 m
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33 thoughts on “Monda Track (18.1km)

  1. We attempted this one yesterday (June 2018). Car park & trail start poiint were really easyto find, thansk to the above description.
    The walking track is mostly used by 4wd/ motorbikes even though it is identified as a walking trail (there are no signs or gates advising no vehicles) so it just felt like we were walking along roads.
    Once we got to the highway, the notes were not very clear about how far we had to walk along highway, and there is no shoulder to safely walk along, so we decided to turn around & go back the way we came (cutting the hike down to under 10km).
    A suggested alternative: At the same car park, there is a marked trail “The Fernshaw track” which is approx 9km to Fernshaw picnic ground. This track was gated, ensuring vehicles have not ruined the track, and there is no walking along a busy highway required. We’ll do this track in a few weeks and then I’ll update my notes here.

    1. Thanks for the comments Sarah. Would be awesome if you can write up notes on the fernshaw track and if possible, track it using a gps. I’ll then include that Trail on my site.

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