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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.
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.
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
Max elevation: 349 m
Min elevation: 147 m
Total climbing: 435 m
Total descent: -434 m