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You Yangs Regional Park

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by Catherine Wills (subscribe)
I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published January 11th 2015
Do you know where the best place to breathe in some fresh air and admire the scenery across Corio Bay is? No? Well, you're about to find out.

The You Yangs Regional Park is a hidden gem off the highway between Melbourne and Geelong. In a small town called Lara, this national park is an absolute delight of fun walking trails and bush land excitement.

The You Yangs rise from volcanic flat plains surrounding them. The You Yangs are named for the Aboriginal Wautherong tribe of the region and they are recognised as the traditional land owners of the area.

The park offers hiking trails, abseiling and rock climbing spots, mountain bike riding, and designated horse riding tracks. Pets are welcome at the park so it's a perfect place to take the dog for a walk (just remember to scoop the poop)!

Walking dogs with friends

You Yangs Regional Park has picturesque views of Corio Bay, Avalon Beach and Geelong in the distance. This makes it ideal for family picnics and afternoon strolls. Spotting wildlife in the You Yangs is a common occurrence so keep an eye out for native bird life, rapid skinks and lazy lizards, or a cheeky wallaby. Just be careful of slithering snakes along the way.

The You Yangs are free to enter and are open all year round. During daylight saving you can come to the park between 7am until 6pm, and outside daylight savings the gates close at 5pm.

My dog loves the You Yangs, and so do I!

There are a number of excellent marked walking tracks to choose from at the You Yangs. Some of these include:

Flinders Peak Walk: this is a walk up many stairs to the top of the You Yangs. It starts in the carpark called the Turntable at the You Yangs. At the top is an exceptional lookout tower named after Matthew Flinders, the English explorer who came to this region during settlement. The walk takes about an hour to the top and is worth all the stairs for the stunning view!

Keep an eye out for the beautiful stone eagle structure from a lookout on the way to the top.

The stone eagle

East West Walk: This is a challenging walk with unsturdy terrain. The walk goes around the base of Flinders Peak. It takes about 2-3 hours to complete and has some rocks to climb over along the way. It is a very fun walk if you're up for the challenge.

The Saddle: This walk starts in the Turntable as well. It features undulating hills and steep inclines. The walk takes you to a rock formation, aptly named because of its resemblance to a saddle. This is a fairly long walk and can leave you running out of breath because of those hills.

Big Rock: This is one of the best parts of the You Yangs. It is very family friendly and has great picnic grounds. There is a walk that goes around the base of Big Rock, about 1 kilometre with some hills. Or you can climb up Big Rock and admire some amazing scenery. The Rock is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

The view from Big Rock

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