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Whether you’re training for a seriously steep overseas trek a la Kokoda or Kilimanjaro or just want to complete the best mountain climb close to Melbourne, the Mount Donna Buang Walking Track is for you. Donna Buang boasts enough natural beauty in its own right to guarantee it is a hiking gem that can be done at a leisurely pace. However, shooting up 1170-vertical metres in 9km, the Track comes into its own as a hill training venue.
Initially the walk drops down through forest to a creek before heading north along a fence line next to a paddock. At the top of the paddock, the track turns east for a short distance before heading into forest for a minute to meet a disused aqueduct. Cross the aqueduct and keep climbing. The track unrelentingly heads straight up the mountain, mostly through Mountain Ash forest. 4 km from the end of Martyr Road, cross the sealed Donna Buang Road and continue up a gravel road to a phone tower. At the end of road continue along a well defined walking track. After 500 metres you will get to the rather flat top of Mt Victoria and the climbing ends! The next 2 km are gently undulating. At a junction, ignore the track heading south to 10 Mile and head north west towards the final 500 m climb to the summit. If you have the energy, it is worthwhile to climb the 21 metre observation tower.
From the summit, this is where the going gets a lot more challenging. Follow the summit road south from the summit. Just after the junction of Donna Buang Road you will need to locate an old and possibly non-existent trail on your left. This trail follows the steep, Walker Creek Spur down to the O’shannassy Aqueduct in the valley below. Expect extremely thick scrub and a serious amount of bush bashing as you make your way along the spur. Your pace will slow to a crawl so expect this section to take you 4 hours to complete. You will also require exceptional navigation skills so if you are not good with a map and compass don’t even contemplate this hike. Once you reach the aqueduct you will need to cross to the other side (there is never much water) and turning east, follow this for approximately 3.8km back to the original trail where you commenced your ascent. Turning right at this point, follow the trail south for a short distance back to the trail head.
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Warburton VIC 3799
March 1st, 2020, 9:00am-4:00pm