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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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  • Have been to Werribee gorge twice now and each time find it beautiful..the changing scenery makes it memorable Varied walking trails from steep loose rock to sand, rock climbing to grassy edges Does g...  more »
  • Enjoyable circuit walk around the beautiful gorge. It's hard to believe it is so close to Melbourne. Usually plenty of people here doing the same thing and the various car parks do get a bit crowded. ...  more »
  • I took the circuit walk on a regular wednesday, setting out at 10am there wasn't a soul to be seen but by time i got back to my car 2.5 hrs later there were more than a dozen cars in the carpark. I im...  more »
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  • Wonderful natural reserve with steep inclines and rock faces for climbers. The vegetation is quite common for the Victorian Bush so it's not quite that interesting. The River Walk is a little boring when the waters are not flowing, so find out the good season. Get there before 10:30 to find a parking and park in a way to get out quickly because the car parks fill up quickly.
  • Beautiful spot. We did the 10km walk. Superb day for it.
  • Nice hike not far from Melbourne. Loop is not too difficult, but provides a bit of challenge and scrambling over rocks along the river. Good views from the higher areas, can be crowded in the weekends with nice weather.
  • If you don't like heights don't do the river walk. 🙈🙈 The rope climb at the end of it is awesome!
  • This place is just an hour drive from Melbourne. Great not to difficult hikes with fantastic views and the possibility to go for a swim in the Werribee river. Can be crowded on nice weekend days.

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