• Length: 12.5km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Meikles Point Picnic Area

  • End: Meikles Point Picnic Area

  • Location: Werribee Gorge State Park

  • Closest Town: Bacchus Marsh

  • Distance from CBD: 65km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.65969351

  • Longitude: 144.3626341

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Gravel Road
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Untreated Water
Winding Road
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Historic Rail Trail

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Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

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Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

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Centenary Walk and The Island is a 12.5km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in Werribee Gorge State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike 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.

About the region

Werribee Gorge is a wild, rugged natural beauty shaped by 500 million years of geological history. A range of challenging walks amid the steep, river-washed gorge and surrounding rocky ridges offer spectacular views and access to a rock-climbing site within the park. The main feature of this park is the Werribee Gorge, through which the Werribee River meanders. This gorge has acquired some renown throughout the 20th century for its geological value.

Werribee Gorge has attracted the attention of geologists as one of the earliest known ancient glacial deposits, parts of which can be seen. The 200m deep gorge was formed about a million years ago when movements along a fault in the Earth's crust steepened the river's gradient. Since then the stream has continued to deepen the gorge through underlying rock to ancient sediments deposited in a sea more than 400 million years ago. Other geological events that have since occurred include the advance and retreat of an ice sheet and the inflow of volcanic lava.


  • 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.

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Total distance: 12548 m
Max elevation: 384 m
Min elevation: 147 m
Total climbing: 658 m
Total descent: -658 m
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One thought on “Centenary Walk and The Island (12.5km)

  1. Saw my first snake here yesterday at the intersection to the gorge walk.
    Also the track up the side of the island to the lookout has been heavily washed out with the storm a little while ago.
    The holes are extremely deep in places and con caved under the track so keep clear of the edges as they may give way.

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