Length: 9.3 km (one way) - Starts Dom Dom Saddle, Ends Fernshaw
Time: 3.5 hours
Melway ref: 612 S1
Victoria's tall Mountain Ash grow to a height greater than 90 metres 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 idean habitat for understory 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. (Please check accessability during winter especially if there are snow conditions.)
Some of the best of this Mountain Ash forest is proected 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.
Reproduced with permission from John and Monica Chapman, John Siseman, Day Walks: Melbourne, John Chapman 2005.