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The Mount Donna Buang to Dom Dom Saddle hike is set in the Yarra Ranges forest between Warburton & the Black Spur, starting at the top of Mt Donna Buang and finishing at Dom Dom Saddle. A car shuffle is required. Donna Buang is 1260 m above sea level and Dom Dom Saddle is 510 m, so it is downhill on average. The track is undulating with some very steep climbs and descents. The peaks to be covered in the walk are Mt Boobyalla (1224 m), The Knobs (1113 m) and Mt Vinegar (1020 m). The track is not well-marked and some of the signage is confusing, so comparative map and GPS readings were required. In a couple of places some serious bush bashing was necessary. It is not a popular trail, but very rewarding for well-prepared and experienced hikers who don’t mind a bit of hard work. In April there was a cool and foggy start at Mount Donna Buang that changed about halfway to a very warm clear day towards Dom Dom Saddle. The scenery is breathtaking with some very old and tall trees and amazing views over the Yarra Ranges at Carters Gap. Although a reasonably fast group of hikers and not stopping for too long, we took the full 8 hours to do this hike – allowing for stops for map-reading, lots of bush bashing and some very steep hills. An early start is important if the daylight hours are short. This hike is a lot of fun if you like getting off the beaten track and testing your hiking skills.
For car shuffle, drive to Black Spur and leave cars at Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Ground Car Park, then drive via to Mt Donna Buang via Healesville and take Donna buang road/C505 to Mount Donna Buang Summit Road and car park (NB this road is not open in winter, when you will need to go through Warburton to get to Mount Donna Buang.
Max elevation: 1250 m
Min elevation: 534 m
Total climbing: 805 m
Total descent: -1514 m