Donnellys Weir picnic area and walking tracks reopen
Friday 10 March, 2017
Yarra Ranges locations Donnellys Weir picnic area, Condons walking track, Mount St Leonard walking track, and the walking track between Maroondah Reservoir and Donnellys Weir via the Maroondah Dam Wall are now open to the public after months of clean-up work following last year’s severe storms.
Popular walking spot Morleys Track between Fernshaw and Dom Dom Saddle has also recently reopened.
Last year’s storms had heavy rain and high winds which brought down a large number of trees throughout the Yarra Ranges and damaged tracks and facilities. Parks Victoria staff have removed many fallen trees and cleared debris from walking trails and public areas throughout the park, and will begin to replace damaged fences at Donnellys Weir within the coming weeks.
The Donnellys Weir picnic shelter was damaged beyond repair in the storm and has been removed from the site, with plans to replace the shelter in the future.
Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Yarra Ranges, Conrad Annal, said Parks Victoria was pleased to reopen Donnellys Weir picnic area and thanked the community for its patience during the cleanup.
“After months of hard work it’s great to welcome visitors back to Donnellys Weir. It’s a popular picnic spot and a unique community asset,” said Mr Annal.
“The storms last year caused significant damage and it has taken months of hard work to assess sites and carry out work to clear debris and reopen tracks. Some walking tracks and sites in the area are still closed while we work to clean up the severely damaged sites. Visitors are asked to keep out of any closed areas.”
A small number of other sites within the Yarra Ranges remain closed due to storm damage, including Badger Weir and parts of Maroondah Reservoir Park. For more information on things to see and do in Yarra Ranges National Park, or specific information on closures, visit www.parks.vic.gov.au.