Granites – Saddle and Ironbark Gorge is a 7.9km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Werribee Gorge State Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.
This hike commences at the Falcons Lookout (Ironbark Gorge) car park on Ingliston Road, visits the Ingliston Granites then returns to the trail head via the saddle, Falcons Lookout and Ironbark Gorge. A large section of this hike from the Granites through to Falcons lookout is completely off trail and requires reasonable navigation skills.
From the car park follow the well formed Ironbark George trail as it descends slowly into Ironbark Gorge. After a few kilometres you will climb out of the gully with the trail leveling off as it reaches the intersection of The Granites walk and Falcons Lookout. Turn left at this point and walk a short distance until you reach a fence line.
Turning right at the fence you then follow it along its length through a shallow gully. You will pass through an open gate on the corner of the fence line. The trail to the Granites it to your left at this point. Follow this trail a short distance and you will reach a sign clearly indicating you have reached your destination. Spend a bit of time exploring this area as at first glance it does not appear to be that exciting but as you search you will be rewarded with some amazing rocky outcrops and rewarding views of the Werribee River below.
After you have finished exploring this area it is time to head off-trail as you hike down to the Werribee River, follow it downstream then traverse ‘the saddle’ to Falcons Lookout. This part of the hike contains some steep and rocky sections with quite a lot of scrambling so select a route that suits your abilities and don’t attempt this if you have a fear of heights. This tracked hike does not necessary take the easiest option to the Saddle.
Falcons Lookout offers panoramic views of the gorge and beyond. Falcons Lookout also offers a fantastic rock climbing experience and is currently the only area in the park available for rock climbing.
From Falcons Lookout follow the trail down Falcon’s Spur to the Werribee River below. There is a gorgeous waterhole at the base of the spur and a great place for a stop. Immediately to your right (whilst looking at the river) you will find the entrance to a narrow gully. This is Ironbar Gorge.
Ironbark Gorge is a narrow winding gorge with changing scenery including small grassy flats to open rocky gullies.
The gully ends at the point where it meets the Ironbark Gorge trail. Turn left at the trail junction then enter the upper section of Ironbark Gorge before climbing out of the valley and back to the trail head at Falcons Lookout (Ironbark Gorge) car park.
A large section of this hike from the Granites through to Falcons is completely off trail and
requires good navigation skills with a few rock scrambles required.
Max elevation: 398 m
Min elevation: 178 m
Total climbing: 541 m
Total descent: -534 m