Tuesday 9th March 2021
Trip Leader Daniel greeted us when we arrived at the Dom Dom Saddle picnic ground, just off the Maroondah Hwy. Felicity and Mark were Tailend Charlie, which left Graham and Wayne in the middle of the 3-vehicle convoy. Rooftop Maps Toolangi - Black Range Forest Activities, Yarra Valley - West Gippsland, Marysville - Lake Eildon Adventure were the reference maps.
The picnic ground was an appropriate place to air-down before tackling the easy - medium rated tracks (it had been raining in the previous days) around the perimeter of Mt Dom Dom, where in 1976 there had been a plane crash with 4 people killed. It was a scenic and pleasant drive.
We looked out for the track to the Nissen Hut, but were not successful. The hut site had burnt during the Black Saturday fires in 2009, so maybe the track had also disappeared.
We were successful in identifying the native Rhododendron in the misty tree-scape. The tree ferns were glorious. The mighty Acheron River had a good flow to it. The recent rains appear to have caused a significant land slip. Examples of dead trees covered by moss/lichen and/or ferns were plentiful. Isn’t Mother Nature terrific!
After travelling in the mist for the morning, it was pleasant to eat lunch in the sunshine. And then the weather closed in again, so we departed. We passed by Mt St Leonard which, at 1010 metres, has views of Melbourne. But we lacked the inspiration to climb it. At Myers Creek Rd, we de-briefed and re-inflated tyres. Farewell Mt Dom Dom and Yarra Ranges. Thank you Daniel.
Text: Wayne; Photos: Mark