You Yangs Regional Park, Victoria

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#32 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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  • We wanted to explore a bit and too a drive to You Yangs. It is very dry at the moment as reflected in the dry grass. The region is a lot drier than the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs, but has a beauty of...  more »
  • We had a wonderful day sighting Koala’s and Wallaby’s. Michael from walk about tours took us to this site. The two ladies that met us had presighted the animals and located them.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Totally divine. The views are awesome. The park well kept. BBQ areas are awesome also. Had the most amazing day again. Took the family had the dog. Just wonderful. There are even toilets here.
  • I love this place! I enjoy both the walking AND Mountain Bike trails. There are great picnic areas, breathtaking views and stunning landscapes to enjoy.
  • 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.
  • Great place for the whole family. Lots of room for the kids to run. Plenty of picnic areas, tables and BBQs. You might see the occasional kangaroo or echidna. Allow a day to really explore the park. The upper car park (Flinders Peak), has public toilets. The climb to the top of Flinders Peak has amazing views, although it is a bit challenging with lots of steps and uneven ground. You will need to take your own drinking water.

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