centenary-walk
  • Length: 12.5km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Meikles Point Picnic Area

  • End: Meikles Point Picnic Area

  • Closest Town: Bacchus Marsh

  • Location: Werribee Gorge State Park

  • Distance from state capital: 65km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.65969351

  • Longitude: 144.36263412

Summary

This Centenary Walk and The Island hike starts at Meikles Point Picnic Area (or the Quarry) and takes you in an anti–clockwise direction following the Gorge Circuit Track. The trail ascends Patterson’s spur before traversing a few picturesque gullies and on to the Quarry Picnic Area. Follow the circuit track north past the toilet block, leaving then re-entering the park and continue past Hanson’s Farm to the intersection of the Circuit Track and Centenary Walk. Turn right, diverging and passing through open woodland to the bridge across Myrniong Creek at Junction Pool. After crossing the creek there is a very steep climb to the top of the James Whyte Island Reserve with panoramic views over Werribee Gorge and beyond.

Return via the same route, this time turning right at the Circuit Track and Centenary Walk junction. Follow the old vehicle track as far as Eastern Viewpoint for panoramic views over the James Whyte Island Reserve.

Backtrack approximately 100m to pick up the Short Circuit walk on your right. Follow this track back to a disused water channel at the circuit walk junction. Turn right at this point and follow the trail a short distance before descending a set of stairs and back to Meikles Point Picnic Area.

Tips

  • Highlights: Open woodlands, creek crossings, steep climb to James Whyte Island Reserve, expansive views.
  • Trail can be taken in any direction.
  • The river is prone to flooding so avoid after heavy rains.
  • Walking poles will be beneficial.
  • Alternate is to follow the Gorge Circuit Track from Eastern Viewpoint and return to Meikles Point via Werribee Gorge, following the Werribee River.

 

 

Total distance: 12548 m
Max elevation: 384 m
Min elevation: 147 m
Total climbing: 658 m
Total descent: -658 m
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