• Length: 7.6km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Meikles Point Picnic area

  • End: Meikles Point Picnic area

  • Location: Werribee Gorge State Park

  • Closest Town: Bacchus Marsh

  • Distance from CBD: 69km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.67135417

  • Longitude: 144.361355

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Werribee Gorge Circuit via Short Circuit Track is a 7.6km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Werribee Gorge State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This Werribee Gorge Circuit via Short Circuit Track hike explores the length of the Werribee Gorge. Starting at Meikles Point Picnic area follow the Werribee River to the west until reaching the Short Circuit track to the right. The Short Circuit track ascends a wide gully as winds it way north. Turn right at the trail junction then left at the Werribee Gorge Circuit trail. Continue to walk west via Eastern viewpoint, for views of the Island, past picture point, which overlooks Needles Beach, and on to Western Viewpoint where you can take in a view of the Werribee river below. From Western Viewpoint the trail then descents into the gorge via a rocky but well defined trail. Poles will be useful in this section.

Follow the trail along the eastern side of the river above Blackwood pool. The trail beyond this point follows the Werribee River through the gorge. It is a well defined trail with some rocky sections, a brief scramble up a rocky ledge and a cable traverse over a rocky outcrop. After completing the cable traverse you have now faced the more challenging obstacles of the hike. From this point the trail is quite easy passing Needles Beach, Lions Head Beach and back to Meikles Point via a disused water channel which was built between 1926 and 1929 to supply irrigation to the local area.

Getting there

Follow the Western Highway past Bacchus Marsh to the Pentland Hills exit (5km beyond Bacchus Marsh). At the end of the exit ramp turn right to pass under the freeway. Turn left onto Pentland Hills Road. After passing under the freeway again turn left onto Myers Road and follow it down to the Werribee Gorge State Park. Continue onto the gravel road at the end of the sealed section and follow this to its end at Meikles Point Picnic area. There is ample parking and pit toilets.


  • Trail can be taken in any direction.
  • The river is prone to flooding so avoid after heavy rains.
  • Walking poles will be beneficial.
  • Be mindful of snakes and hit weather during the summer months

GPX File

Total distance: 7599 m
Max elevation: 349 m
Min elevation: 147 m
Total climbing: 435 m
Total descent: -434 m
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44 thoughts on “Werribee Gorge Circuit via Short Circuit Track (7.6km)

    1. It’s a cool steel rope used for a handrail to help with crawling around the rock in one section where the river is… its fairly easy and exciting ..

  1. We did this loop for the first time at the weekend in glorious weather, but unfortunately the trail markings are pretty inconsistent. Each trail is represented by a colour triangle, but sometimes they disappear! We took wrong turns on numerous occasions along with quite a few other hikers – it was actually quite funny bumping into people who were lost too!
    The Park would benefit for some clearer wayfaring design! There are no takeaway maps available at the carpark, so take a photo of the map at the info shelter and take a compass, so at least you’ll know which way to go when you come to a crossroad with confusing signage!
    On a positive note, trail is great – lots of variety and a couple of fun scrambles round the bottom of the cliff (hence the pic of the ropes at the top of this page!).

    1. Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed the walk. Yeah, Werribee Gorge doesn’t have great signage. There are really only a few ‘official’ routes and the one via the shelter shed is not one of them so unlikely to find any signage in that section that heads up the spur past the shed. The park could certainly do with a few more trail markers along the official routes as some of the junctions don’t even have them. If you have a GPS enabled device it is always a great idea to take my GPX files with you to assist when things do get confusing.

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