The You Yangs Regional Park is renowned for its scenic bush walks, mountain biking tracks, extensive wildlife and beautiful drives. The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains in the vast land between Melbourne and Geelong.
The name 'You Yang' originates from the Aboriginal words 'Wurdi Youang' or 'Ude Youang', meaning big mountains in the middle of a plain. Matthew Flinders was the first European to have set foot on the You Yangs. On 1 May 1802, he climbed to the highest point of the You Yangs and named it 'Station Peak'. 'Station Peak' was later renamed 'Flinders Peak' as a tribute to Matthew Flinders. 'Flinders Peak' can be reached by taking the wonderful Flinders Peak Walk.
The Flinders Peak Walk is the most prominent bush walk trail in the You Yangs. This is a 3.2 Km walk requiring 1 hour for a return trip. The walk commences from the Turntable carpark and takes you to the highest point of the You Yangs. There are 450 steps and some sections with steep gradients, making the walk quite challenging. But the unrivalled 360 degrees bird eye view of Greater Melbourne that you will be rewarded with from the 'Flinders Peak' is well worth every bit of your hard work.
One of the other illustrious bush walk tracks is the East West Walk which is a 4.5 Km walk requiring 1.5 hours for a return trip. The walk comprises of short steep hills, rough track and many obstacles which enhances the charm of this panoramic and challenging walk.
The walk is paved with small steps and uneven surfaces which oscillates between uphill and downhill walks. Adults, children and pets, all are welcome at the park. Depending on the day of the week, the volume of feisty adventurers may vary however, as a rule of thumb these walks are pretty relaxed and subdued allowing you to absorb the marvellous natural beauty of your surroundings while finishing the walk in your own pace.
Numerous steps making up beautiful bush walk (Joya D)
More than 200 different species of birds have been found in the park, while the park continues to be a sanctuary for koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas and lizards. Home to a rich variety of tree species, you will be awed and inspired by the presence of both big and small trees along with ample of shrubs.
Once you have accomplished the mission of finishing the walk, let your hair down at one of the many picnic benches. Enjoy a bite or two from your packed lunch/snack or embark on the exhilarating mission of cooking your very own barbeque at one of the barbeque pits. There are options for woodfired and gas barbeques, free of charge on a first come basis. Toilets are available as well.
Keeping hydrated and taking occasional breaks are crucial to the successful accomplishments of the various bush walks.
This park is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm all year round and entry is free. This park is easily accessible by car while parking is readily available. Learn more about this park here. Familiarise yourself with the safety rules and regulations here.
Remember, you too can be on top of the world by scaling the hills of the You Yangs. Happy exploring!
Thanks Joya. I never knew about this place or how accessible it is until I read your article. Will be taking the family there on one of the weekends.
BTW, I have enjoyed reading many of your articles! Keep up the good work, and thanks for keeping us all informed.