Mt Donna Buang Pictorial Heritage - 1890 to 2011

Acheron Way

About this Project
History of Mt Donna Buang
Warburton History
Heritage Timeline
Gold, Logging, and Timber Tramways
Ben Cairn
Acheron Way
Snow Sports
Family Snow Photos of 1925
Bushwalking Tracks
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail
Mt Donna Buang Rainforest Gallery and Skywalk
Mt Victoria Towers and HF Radio Reception
References and Bibliography

Opening of the Acheron Way, January 17 1929

1956 Old Mill on Acheron Way

The highly scenic Acheron Way (36 km) starts from St Fillans, 3 km north-east of Narbethong off the Maroondah Highway. This good gravel road heads south-east along the highly scenic Reefton Spur to Mt Donna Buang, through densely forested, mountainous terrain that offers views of Mt Victoria, Ben Cairn and Mt Donna Buang.

The road was officially opened on January 17, 1929  at the Donna Buang end (see picture from the Argus above)

Sadly, there were lives lost in the 1939 and 2009 bushfires which ravaged the area, but there has been amazing regeneration and regrowth since.

The road follows the Acheron River for much of the route.

It is a dry-weather road - in winter the section from Donna Buang is snow- covered and unsuitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is mainly a gsntloe gradient, but there are some tight corners. The views are superb!

The route was originally conceived as an alternative scenic road to Mt Donna Buang via Healesville, the Blacks' Spur, and the Maroondah Highway.


1929 Acheron Way

1930 Acheron River, Acheron Way

1930 Acheron Way

1914 Bushwalkers at Acheron River

1930 Walkers on Acheron Way

1939 Acheron Way

Pictures by the author

2006 Acheron Gap

2006 Acheron Way

2006 View east from Acheron Way

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