Donaghys Hill

45 min to 1 h

2.2 km
return

↑ 88 m
↓ -88 m

Moderate track
Starting from a carpark just off the Lyell Highway in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this walk leads to the Donaghys Hill lookout and back via the Donaghys Hill Nature Trail. The track climbs steadily through forest and scrub to a high lookout perched on the rocky Donaghys Hill. From the summit of the pointy hill the views extend in all directions, with the valley of the Franklin River filling the foreground and the impressive Frenchmans Cap and its neighbouring peaks looming beyond. The walk isn't especially steep or tricky, but it is a solid twenty minutes of uphill effort. Weather is the important factor - on a grey cloudy day you might see nothing, but in clear weather the views are stunning and justify the uphill climb. The walk back to the carpark is refreshingly downhill all the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
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Start (-42.1912936,145.9406677)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Murchison Highway, A10, West Coast.
  • Turn on to Anthony Road, B28 then drive for 38.4 km
  • Turn left onto Zeehan Highway, A10 and drive for another 64.5 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 25 m
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Start.
There is a car park (about 9 m back from the start).
After another 1.1 km come to a viewpoint.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.1 km to get back to the start.
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Donaghys Hill


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.2 km
Time 45 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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