• Length: 9.4km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Ground

  • End: Fernshaw Picnic Ground

  • Location: Black Range State Forest

  • Closest Town: Healesville

  • Distance from CBD: 80km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.59239075

  • Longitude: 145.642882

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Morley Walking Track is a 9.4km, grade 4 one-way hike located in the Black Range State Forest, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Victoria's tall Mountain Ash grow to a height greater than 90m and are the world's tallest flowering plants. They are easily visited being little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Their high canopy provides an ideal habitat for an understorey of shade-tolerant trees and shrubs that thrive in cool, moist gullies. This dense, mixed forest of wattles, tree ferns and blackwood permits little of the hot sun to permeate to the forest floor, consequently providing cool walking during the hot summer months.

Some of the best of this Mountain Ash forest is protected within Melbourne's water catchments and public access is generally not allowed. One of the exceptions is Morleys Track. Although within Yarra Ranges National Park, this walking track also passes through a water supply catchment. Please respect National Parks regulations and keep to the foot track so that access to this magnificent forest can continue to be enjoyed by all.

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.
  • Management vehicle tracks and pedestrian pads through forest

GPX File

Total distance: 9463 m
Max elevation: 675 m
Min elevation: 221 m
Total climbing: 272 m
Total descent: -589 m
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21 thoughts on “Morley Walking Track (9.4km)

  1. Most of this track was destroyed in 2009 fires. Was closed for years, so now it is MUCH tougher than a grade 3 hike! DId this on the weekend, 8 hours – 22km in and back from Dom Dom Picnic Ground (very poorly maintained no water, loos are shocking,) to Fernshaw. This trail is very steep up and down, trail is hardly visible but for tree markers in parts, lots of big trees to get over and slippery as hell. Good luck!

    1. Hey Jo, thank you for your comments on this trail. Based on what you have said, I have upgraded this to a grade 4 hike. Would be great if you can edit the access conditions and trail features so that other people have a clearer idea about the current conditions.

  2. Completed Morley yesterday starting at Fernshaw. Some really long steep inclines.Path lost half way to Carters Gap but easy to back track to previous orange marker and get a visual on the next..trail took more of a left turn up hill instead of descending. Once at Dom Dom i extended the journey into a circuit by crossing the road to Monda track entrance. Continue to the old road rd 24 and wind back to gate opposite Fernshaw or as we did continue and enjoy the beauty of the forest and after about 1.5km bush bash left (a gpx of Monda will show a branch of rd 24 but it isn’t visible). Short 100m easy bush bash and step out onto rd 24..old black spur rd follow to come out opposite Fernshaw. Approx 19km.
    First tiger snake sleeping on the track for the season.

  3. track is so overgrown with ferns and blackberry bushes, we had to turn back 3-4kms from Fernshaw because it was so thick the track disappeared so you couldn’t see if there were snakes around and risked getting (even more) sliced up by blackberry thorns. Only recommend this track with long pants and a machete.

    1. Eeek, that doesn’t sound like fun at all. Will let Parks Vic know about the trails condition.

  4. Did this track on the weekend just gone, starting at Fernshaw. It looks like conditions have improved from what people are saying above. A couple of sections that were a bit overgrown, but for the most part the trail was reasonably well marked and easy to follow. There are a few trees still down on the track, but they are relatively easy to negotiate your way past. It’s very steep in some sections, but thankfully they don’t last too long. Tough but enjoyable.

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