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This is a circuit hike through Ingliston Gorge starting and ending at the Ingliston Gorge car park. Follow the management vehicle track south west following the fence line from the car park. Just before the gas pipeline easement turn east into Sloss's Gully. After a 700m approximate descent into the gully the trail heads west along a shallow gully and rejoins the gas easement. Turn east and cross the easement to a trail marker about 20m on the south side. Follow the winding trail through the saddle to an exposed cliff face overlooking the gorge below. Continue to follow the trail across the hillside, descending along a ridge to Whitehorse creek below.
Upon reaching the creek you can turn right to follow Whitehorse creek through the gorge or left to investigate the Ingliston creek section. This is a 45 minute return trip to the border if the park. It is well worth the detour. Navigate you way through the gorge following Whitehorse creek. In dry weather you may find it easier to simply walk the creek bed as the trail zig zags the creek along a poorly defined trail. Follow the gorge for approximately 1.2km before reaching a sign post indicating to leave the creek and follow the trail through a shallow gully. Ascend the gully and follow the trail back to a management track. Follow this track along the fence line which will lead you back to the car park.
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.
The walk is marked with orange trail markers. Within the gorge the trail is poorly defined and it is often easier to follow animal trails as the creek can be challenging due to fallen trees. Following heavy rain the gorge section may be impassable ad the trail zig zags across the creek often. Hiking poles will definitely help.
Max elevation: 415 m
Min elevation: 297 m
Total climbing: 180 m
Total descent: -180 m