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Werribee Gorge State Park

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by Valeria Rytova (subscribe)
I am an adventurer, scientist, kiteboarder, Bikram junkie, raw vegan wannabe, and a writer. Live love kite. Val.
Published June 16th 2013
Do you sometimes feel like you want to get away from it all? Just, take off and do something adventurous, fun, extravagant, and life changing? We all feel this way at times, but remember there is no fun without the hard work. If life was all fun and games you wouldn't necessarily enjoy your weekends as much as you do now, I bet. Luckily, a weekend is plenty of time for adventures and new experiences with friends, family, or simply by your self, while exploring exciting places and testing your boundaries.

Photo: Mattinbgn

My partner, Geoff, and I were lucky enough to settle in Melbourne three months ago, having come all the way from western Canada. Apart from the top ten attractions (Great Ocean Road, Zoo, etc.), we have discovered so many wonderful places nearby, and would love to share this knowledge with others.

For instance, take the Werribee Gorge State Park, how many of you know about this place? Many European and Canadian rock-climbers in Melbourne complain about how far away the Grampians are. Well, guess what the Werribee Gorge is a local climber's dream, a jewel, located about an hour away from the city. The gorge is situated near the town of Moorabool and it is filled with luscious landscape and vivid wildlife.

If climbing isn't really your thing (or you've come un-equipped), there are four awesome hikes of varying length and difficulty that will take you on a journey through this hidden gem. Alternatively, you can have a relaxing picnic with an incredible view, as this park provides two lovely picnic areas in such serene surroundings.

During our trip to the gorge last weekend, Geoff and I embarked on the three hour 'River Hike' (medium to hard difficulty level) and encountered our first koala bear, a platypus, multiple wallabies, and two massive kangaroos. We even used our climbing skills for a brief portion of this hike (which was well supported by metal ropes).

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend trip and, despite the overcast skies and slight drizzle, we came out with smiling faces and elevated heart beats. To all the adventurers out there, check-in at Werribee Gorge State Park, whether you are after some wildlife sight seeing, a quiet picnic in a serene atmosphere, or some heart-thrilling exercise!

Stay tuned, as we are always exploring new and fun places, and are looking forward to sharing our experience!Your text goes here
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Why? To get away and have some adventure
When: Weekends or Weekdays
Where: Werribee Gorge National Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I really think you should look again where you are talking about. Werribee Gorge State Park could hardly be described as being near Moorabool, are you talking about another park? Moorabool is located near Geelong, Werribee Gorge is near to Bacchus Marsh. Please correct this information as it is misleading.
by impor (score: 0|3) 1299 days ago
Excellent article. Congratulation.
by lanar (score: 0|2) 2131 days ago
Thank you so much for this fabulous article. I live near Werribee and knew nothing about these fabulous hikes. Looking forward to experiencing the first one tomorrow.
by Nimau (score: 0|2) 2127 days ago
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