Sunday, August 13, 2006

You Yangs

Photo: Wallaby

Walk overview

Length: 10km
Time: 3 hours
Grade: Medium
Region: Geelong, Victoria
Map: VICMAP 1:25,000 You Yangs

"A series of isolated peaks rise prominently on the long flat plain that stretches from between Melbourne and Geelong. These are known as the You Yangs. The peaks are composed of granite that decomposes into into sands and gravel that wash onto the flats around the range."

Source: Day Walks Melbourne

My comments

We (Claire and I) were planning to walk at Anakie Gorge, but when we got there the park was still closed. With no maps, we decided to head to the You Yangs - a small regional park where hopefully we would be able to find our way around with just a park map. How wrong we were!

Within an hour, we were lost - trying to combine a couple of the walks on the park map with no instructions on how to get from the end of one to the start of the next. Fortunately we had a compass and were able to get a vague fix on where we were in relation to Flinders Peak. Eventually we found our way up to The Saddle and picked up the East Walk track and completed a circuit of roughly 10 km.

The landscape was way more interesting than you'd ever think from the road, and certainly worth another walk sometime - with a decent map.

My rating

Not bad at all

Photos from this walk

Photo filmstrip with highlights from You Yangs walk
For more, see: You Yangs photo slideshow