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  • Length: 12.3km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Turntable car park

  • End: Turntable car park

  • Location: You Yangs Regional Park

  • Closest Town: Little River

  • Distance from CBD: 62km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.94928186

  • Longitude: 144.42561273

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You Yangs Northern Range Circuit is a 12.3km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in You Yangs Regional Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Summary

The You Yangs Northern Range Circuit hike commences at Turntable car park and traverses a number of varying trails including West Walk, Northern Range Walk, Branding Yard Trail, Saddleback Track, East Track and if you have time and energy at the end you can climb the 450 steps to Flinders Peak for rewarding views of the You Yangs and the surrounding plains.

This is not an overly challenging hike with most of the trail being easy to moderate. there are a few sections that require rock hopping with a steep gradient on Saddleback Track.

About the region

The granite peaks of the You Yangs rise dramatically from the surrounding volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong. Although only 340 metres high, they dominate the landscape, and are clearly visible from as far away as the bay side of Melbourne and beyond. The You Yangs is a fantastic park for hiking and mountain biking. It has defined walking trails, horse trails and two mountain biking areas with over 50 kilometres of exciting trails catering for riders of all ages and ability. The park is also popular for rock climbing, its magnificent views, birdlife and for bush walks and picnics.

Getting there

The You Yangs Regional Park is 55km southwest of Melbourne CBD and 22km north of Geelong. Access to the park from the Princess Freeway is clearly signposted via Lara.

Tips

The You Yangs is a great location for the family. Be careful on the trails as they are often used by walkers, hikers, trail runners and MTB riders.

Opening hours The park is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm year round. Extended hours apply during daylight savings on weekends and public holidays from 8.00am – 6.00pm.

 

Total distance: 12337 m
Max elevation: 277 m
Min elevation: 57 m
Total climbing: 484 m
Total descent: -484 m
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