werribee-gorge-circuit
  • Length: 7.6km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Meikles Point Picnic area

  • End: Meikles Point Picnic area

  • Closest Town: Bacchus Marsh

  • Location: Werribee Gorge State Park

  • Distance from state capital: 69km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.67135417

  • Longitude: 144.36135504

Trail Access

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Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

Ample Parking

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Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

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Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

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Dog Friendly

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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.

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.

Tips

  • 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

 

Total distance: 7599 m
Max elevation: 348 m
Min elevation: 147 m
Total climbing: 437 m
Total descent: -436 m
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