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Werribee Gorge State Park, Ingliston

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Werribee Gorge State Park is a state park in Victoria, Australia. It is located near Bacchus Marsh and is popular with bushwalkers and rock climbers, all attracted to its spectacular views and significant geological features.Werribee GorgeThe main feature of this park is the Werribee Gorge, through which the Werribee River meanders. This gorge has acquired some renown throughout the last century for its geological value.Werribee Gorge has attracted the attention of geologists last century as one of the earliest known ancient glacial deposits, parts of which can be seen by the observant visitor. The 200m deep gorge was formed about a million years ago when movements along a fault in the Earth's crust steepened the river's gradient. Since then the stream has continued to deepen the gorge through underlying rock to ancient sediments deposited in a sea more than 400 million years ago. Other geological events that have since occurred include the advance and retreat of an ice sheet and the inflow of volcanic lava.There is a spectacular walking track which winds itself through the breathtaking gorge, which popular with bushwalkers and locals alike. It is certainly one of the greatest 'treasures' near Melbourne.Getting thereWerribee Gorge State Park is about 8 km west of Bacchus Marsh and can be approached by two routes. The first is via the Western Freeway and the Pentland Hills Road to Myers Road, a gravel road steep in places. This provides access to the Gorge itself. The second is via Ironbark Road (the Ballan-Ingliston Road) which is approached from the Bacchus Marsh-Anakie Road.
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  • Went along expecting not much but this place is amazing! Not far from Melbourne and a great hiking experience even for our kids. Challenging enough but not so much so that the kids were in any trouble...  more »
  • I take people here a couple times a year. It's an easy introduction to hiking. I normally take people around the 10km loop but there are shorter walks and picnic areas down by the river that the whole...  more »
  • Compare to Dandenong Range in South East of Melbourne CBD, I think Werribee Gorge is less popular and more natural. The first time when we were there, we were lost as we started the track 1 hour befor...  more »
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  • We had a fantastic walk around the Gorge. Wife and i ended up doing the hour long walk (the longest and toughest one) and it was real fun. There are part of the walk that take you up steep slopes, bring you down really steep slopes and also require you to rope walk across parts of the river. So be prepared for the entire experience. It's absolutely awesome and highly recommended for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Take along a lot of water especially if you are doing this on a warm sunny day and make sure you have a backpack with your hands free.
  • Beautiful walk...short circuit walk.... take a light lunch and sit and enjoy the view on the sand section.... walked circuit 5 times..a favorite of mine :)
  • Great hike! The shelter at the top of the Hill is filled with memories scattered through Time (as far back as 1917!). The River and vistas were spectacular. Id walk it again. Elke smells.
  • Great place for hiking. There is only one part which is little bit hard. You should pass somewhere with a rope. You can see that in the picture. Nice place.
  • Went there with my cousin car on the 13th of May. Free admission . Tour took about 90 minutes , we took the short track ( be prepared as it's quite steep) Badly organised the signs are misleading. No phone reception.