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This hike commences at the Falcons Lookout car park on Ingliston Road, visits the Ingliston Granites then returns to the trail head via Falcons Lookout. A large section of this hike from the Granites through to Falcons is completely off trail and requires good navigation skills.
From the car park follow the well formed Ironbark George trail 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 via 'the saddle' to Falcons Lookout. This part of the hike contains some steep and rocky sections with quite a lot of scrambling so don't attempt this if you have a fear of heights or are not good with hills. This tracked hike does not necessary take the easiest option to the Saddle. The easier trail would be too descent to the Werribee River from the Granites and follow the river downstream until you reach the saddle. from here you can rejoin the tracked trail over the saddle and to Falcons Lookout.
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 heading west. After a few hundred metres you will reach the intersection off the Granites and Ironbark George trails. Turn left at this point and retrace your steps from earlier back through the gully to the car park on Ingliston Road.
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.
A large section of this hike from the Granites through to Falcons is completely off trail and requires good navigation skills.
Max elevation: 400 m
Min elevation: 228 m
Total climbing: 460 m
Total descent: -461 m