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Parts of this hiking trail traverse through private land. You will need to seek an alternate route or seek permission of the land owner to access their land.
The Werribee Gorge Rim is a demanding hike that showcases many of the parks natural features, most scenic viewpoints and often unexplored regions of the park. Part of this hike follows existing trails with sections being completely off-trail for that added sense of adventure. This is one of the most scenic gorge walks close to Melbourne. It is certainly one of Melbourne's greatest 'treasures'. Be prepared for some steep rugged sections, amazing views and two river crossings.
Be mindful of snakes and hit weather during the summer months
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.
Max elevation: 399 m
Min elevation: 147 m
Total climbing: 782 m
Total descent: -784 m