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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.
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
Max elevation: 675 m
Min elevation: 221 m
Total climbing: 272 m
Total descent: -589 m