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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Exploring the Monda Track, Narbethong

The Monda Track, also known as Monda Rd, is a beautiful 20 km linear park and track containing large trees preserved from logging and the 1939 fires.

Part of the Track is along Melbourne Water's Road Nine, in the Maroondah Catchment Area, beginning at the Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Ground, on the Maroondah Highway, 80 km east of Melbourne, and running east to Myers Creek Road.

It's an unsealed forest road and cleared fire break through mountain ash, wet sclerophyll forest, with a range of age classes but including many mature, large and well formed specimens as well as 1939 regrowth. It offers extremely high scenic values. Evidence of logging are the large stumps with board holes.

The southern section of the Track from Dom Dom to a junction with Rough Rd is closed to public vehicular access, but walkers are permitted to use it.

Some sections were logged (clear-felling) to the road with wind throw of trees in the firebreak resulting.

It's considered to be one of best visual experiences of mountain ash forest available.

The track forms the boundary between the Yarra Ranges National Park and the Toolangi State Forest.

I explored the southern section of the Track on May 26, 2008, about 6 km return, starting at the Dom Dom Saddle.

There are limited views to the Alps to the east, obscured by tall regrowth timber.

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