Length: 33 Kilometres (Healesville to Narbethong Section)
Time: 6.5 hrs (horse riding)
Track: Includes gravel service roads and 4wd tracks
Start: Donnelly Weir Picnic Area, Healesville
Finish: Black Spur Inn, Narbethong
Nearby: Healesville, Narbethong.
The Australian Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) is a 5,330km self reliant multi use route through bush, wilderness and mountain areas. Trail Heads are in Healesville, Victoria and Cooktown in tropical north Queensland.It is suitable for horse riders, walkers and mountain bike riders. It is recognised as the worlds longest fully marked non motorised multi purpose trail.
The BNT winds through some of the most magnificent terrain this country has to offer, much of it down the spine of the Great Dividing Range.
The BNT starts at Donnelly Weir Healesville. Following the ‘BNT’ and ‘Horsetrail’ markers leads you through some of Victoria’s tall timber forests. The first section of the trail is on gravelled service roads, moderate to steep uphill terrain for about 8km, then levelling out on Monda Track. It can be ridden or walked at any time of the year.
Located about 15km from Donnelly’s Weir, on the Monda Track is a set of horse yards designed for day and overnight use by riders. This area includes tie up rails for horses and picnic area. For those wanting to stop at this point, Monda Yards can be reached by vehicle via Myers Creek Road and Monda Track. The trail from Monda Yards to Narbethong is approx 18km, travelling through ferny gullies and tall Mountain Ash forest that make this area so unique. The terrain is flat to moderate then steep downhill. The trail includes gravel roads and 4wd tracks, and this section of the trail can be difficult and slippery in wet conditions. Following the BNT into Narbethong and finishing at the Black Spur Inn offers safe parking, and horseyards for riders. Accommodation is available.
Further information is available at www.nationaltrail.com.au