• 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: -37.5923907500

  • Longitude: 145.6428819900

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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.

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.

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.

Tips

  • 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
Total distance: 9463 m
Max elevation: 675 m
Min elevation: 220 m
Total climbing: 270 m
Total descent: -588 m
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17 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.