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Mount Juliet is among the highest peaks in the Yarra Ranges region, with a very steep and unmaintained walking track leading to the 1120m summit. The highest summit in the park is nearby Mount Donna Buang at 1223m.
The hike commences at Road Three, a parks management track off the Maroondah Highway (7 km east of Healesville), and follows this track east for approximately 2km to a junction of an incomplete 4WD track. The relentless foot trail starts at the junction of this road and Road Five. From there, it 4.5km in an almost direct line to the summit, where a stone cairn is located. The trail is steep, unforgiving and depending on the time of year, can often be overgrown in places. Expect this to be a challenging hike, especially after rain when the steep slopes will often have you crawling on all fours.
Mount Juliet is one of several trigonometric cairns remaining from the original Geodetic Survey of Victoria. The summit walk is among the most difficult in the Ranges, with a rise in altitude from 211m to 1120m, with the final section over rocks.
Follow the Maroondah Highway through Healesville, to small car park signed Mount Juliet Track, about 2 km past the Graceburn Weir. Park near the gate
- The ascent to the summit from the junction of Road four is steep and arduous and requires a high level of fitness and stamina
- With a change in altitude of around 800m, do not expect this to be an easy hike as the trail is not well maintained and can often be overgrown
- There is a stone cairn at the top, built in the late 1800s to mark a geodetic survey point
- Don't expect any views due to extensive regrowth from the 1939 fires.
Max elevation: 1116 m
Min elevation: 204 m
Total climbing: 913 m
Total descent: -913 m