You Yangs Regional Park, Victoria

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#33 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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  • The You Yangs is a great place for a mountain biking trip. It has a great mix of trails and exceptional usage of native rocks, sculptured rock, hand/machine cut and man-made features. There are three/...  more »
  • We saw just 2 koalas - one only from the back and the other on the ground when climbing a tree. Necessarily take binoculars and snakes care :-)
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  • Amazing single track that covers all abilities. From the flat, fast sweeping corners of the Kurrajong plantation to the rocky ball breaking and sometimes frightening descents (and climbs) of the stock...  more »
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  • Beautiful park with a great walk to the peak. Well kept toilets at the bottom and good signs to let you know where to go. The only problem I have is the total disregard of some dog owners who let their pets poo on the path and don't clean it up. Spoils the walk with the kids when you're having to tell the kids to watch out for the poo...rant over!
  • Beautiful place to come and see and enjoy the nice views from the big rocks towards the bay area and Geelong in the distance. Lots of tracks for mountain bikes, horses riding and even dog walking. There are picnic areas with barbecue facilities available for use. This place is suitable for all age groups and can be enjoyed by everyone that loves to get close to nature.
  • The You Yangs is an incredible place with plenty to see and do. There are mountain bike tracks, walking tracks and horse tracks. Most tracks are clearly identified by distance and estimated time to complete. Only downside is the lack of toilet facilities. Great place to bring the family for a bbq or picnic.
  • 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.
  • Great well kept tracks. Very busy in the car park but out on the bike people are few and far between. Great mix of tracks for all ages and abilities. Easy to get to.

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