You Yangs Regional Park, Victoria

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#34 of 252 in Nature in Victoria
The You Yangs are a series of granite ridges that rise to 319m (Flinders Peak) above the Werribee Plain approximately 55 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km north-east of Geelong, in Victoria, Australia. The main ridge runs roughly north–south for about 9 km, with a lower extension running for about 15 km to the west. Much of the southern parts of the ranges are protected by the You Yangs Regional Park.Although only 319 m at their highest, they dominate the landscape and are clearly identifiable from nearby Geelong, Melbourne and beyond. Camping is not permitted in the You Yangs. The foothills to the north of the peaks are home to Ford Australia's proving ground.The You Yangs are also the home of a Geoglyph constructed by the Australian artist Andrew Rogers in recognition of the indigenous people of the area. It depicts Bunjil, a mythical creature to the local Wathaurong Aboriginals. This geoglyph has a wing span of 100 metres and 1500 tonnes of rock was used to construct it, and was unveiled in March 2006.HistoryThe name "You Yang" comes from the Aboriginal words Wurdi Youang or Ude Youang which could have any number of meanings from "big mountain in the middle of a plain", "big or large hill", or "bald". The Woiwurrung word for granite stone 'yow.wong' is also a possibility. The Yawangi people probably enlarged natural hollows in the rocks to form wells that held water even in dry seasons.
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  • October 12, 2017
    The YouYangs is a beautiful national park with plenty to offer. You can spend time walking trails, bike riding or taking a tour. However a tour is not essential to enjoy the park. Nearby is Serendip b...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Took 3 very energetic boys aged 10 and 8 for a day at the You Yangs. Parked at the turntable and took the 1.75 km walk up to Flinders Peak.Boys flew up,but as 73 year old man I took my time climbing t...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Great trails out at the You Yangs. I parked at the Drysdale car park which has toilets and BBQ facilities. An old granite quarry means plenty of boulders and great drop-offs. Plenty to keep experience...  more »
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  • September 19, 2017
    Great place to come and adventure. Lots for everyone. Mountain bike trails with different levels. Horses being ridden. Dogs walked in leads. Great walking tracks and views from big rock are amazing. Plenty of people running the tracks as well. Very active area if you want it to be. Or great to sit and soak in nature.
  • September 8, 2017
    Great tracks for running, walking and Mountain bike riding. Plenty of picnic areas. Fun for the whole Family.
  • August 29, 2017
    Great escape without travelling too far from Melbourne. Loop track is a nice length and summit track decent enough to get the heart pumping.
  • September 19, 2017
    Great spot in general, and bonus points for being able to walk your dog there. On the lead of course.
  • June 8, 2017
    It's lovely. Lots of places to go inside the park so you can feel like noone else is there. Great walking tracks and YOU CAN TAKE YOUR DOG.

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