You Yangs Regional Park, Victoria

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#31 of 251 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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  • This place is gorgeous. About an hours drive from Melbourne, this it offers a good hike (but fairly strenuous, lots of steps) up the series of granite ridges that rise to 319m (Flinders Peak). We enjo...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • great national park and so close to the city! it is very low key and signage is not prominent and in some areas non existent so do your research before you go. walks range from 1 to 3 hour return and some parts are rough so wear good hiking boots.
  • Great place for walks, runs, biking and hiking. Go early in the morning to spot local wildlife including herds of feral goats. Get to the top on a clear day and you can see the city. Take your own water as it can be thristy work walking and hiking around.
  • I really nice place to walk. Be aware drop toilets only. Parking can sometimes be difficult as people tend to flock there as it's a great place to hike.
  • Lovely little space with some nice hikes. I've done almost all of the hikes and also done the link up hikes (East West plus the northern trail, roughly 12km in one shot. took roughly 2 hours.). if it's a sunny day then visit the Flinders peak lookout or the west walk lookout. The lookouts are very easy walks that reward you with some lovely views.
  • 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.
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