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Free Fun at the You Yangs

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by BT (subscribe)
Adventurer, Educator, Producer who has lived in both hemispheres. Leap and the net will appear.
Published January 15th 2015
Visit a massive granite outcrop
To enjoy a field day gallivanting around big chunks of granite so large they dominate the landscape from miles away, head to the You Yangs.

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Take You Yang Road to the You Yangs

The You Yangs are a short hour's drive away (approx 60 kilometres) from Melbourne city. 24 kilometres in length and rising to approximately 340 metres above sea level, this has got to be one of the top 5 day trips under an hour's drive from the CBD. Its name originates from the Aboriginal words 'Wurdi Youang' or 'Ude Youang'.

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Check out the size of the rocks... This trulls is a great place for both contemplation and adventure

A distinctive feature of Melbourne's west are the undulating Werribee lava plains between Melbourne and Geelong. And sticking out of these plains are a number of volcanic peaks that, literally, stick out like 'sore thumbs' from the relatively flat terrain. I digress, 'sore' is probably not the right word - would 'spectacular' thumbs do?

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Need rocks for landscaping?

However, unlike the other peaks that dot the landscape of Melbourne's west, the You Yangs is not a volcano but rather a series of granite ridges. It also happens to be one of the driest parts south of the Great Dividing Range with about 450 millimetres of rainfall a year.

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Big Rock is massive, so big it takes more than an hour to walk around it

The regional park is a great visit for many reasons. For climbers its multitude of dynamic extrusions from the earth offers a variety of workouts. For mountain bikers there are 50 kilometres of trails. For families there are the free electric BBQs and a scattering of tables for a pleasant picnic. Its landscape gives bushwalkers and those wishing to give their pooches a workout, an awesome experience. It is also home to more than 200 bird species.

There are a number of trails and ways to explore the area from the one hour hike up to Flinders Peak to the one hour walk around Big Rock. PS: Big Rock is a really big rock, few photos do it justice. It is also really quite cool to be able walk down from the elevated Big Rock without climbing equipment.

1. BYO potable drinking water, non available in the park.
2. Hats, sunscreen are a must. There is very little shelter.

Opening Hours
7.00am to 5.00pm outside daylight savings
7.00am to 6.00pm during daylight savings
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Your Comment
Despite what I hope to be the author's poor choice of a 'joke title' for a picture above, please DO NOT REMOVE rocks (or anything else) from the YouYangs for landscaping or any other reason.
by tnjd7 (score: 0|3) 1739 days ago
Drinking water is available - there is a water bubbler near the toilets at the Turntable carpark with a separate tap for filling water bottles.
by annas (score: 0|2) 1734 days ago
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