You Yangs Peaks Circuit
  • Length: 12.8km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • 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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2WD Access
Bitumen Road
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Large Car Park
Public Toilets
Picnic Table

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

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Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

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Gravel Path
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Exposed Ledges
Rock Scrambling
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Bush Bashing
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Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

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The You Yangs Peaks Circuit is a 12.8km, grade 4 circuit hike located in You Yangs Regional Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Summary

This circuit is a great hike for anyone looking to improve their off-trail navigation skills as a large portion of this trail is not on formed trails and essentially heads from peak to peak. While the main trails at the You Yangs are rated as grade 3, this circuit is rated as grade 4, simply due to the off-trail navigation requirement. The navigation is not difficult as as long as you keep heading for the peaks you should not get easily lost. Only attempt this hike is you are confident about not following formed trails though.

The You Yangs Peaks Circuit commences at Turntable car park and climbs the 450 steps to Flinders Peak where you are offered rewarding views of the You Yangs and the surrounding plains. From here you will head off-trail from peak-to peak and will rejoin the Northern Range Circuit after your final granite tor ascent. This circuit will provide you with the opportunity to scramble through an overhanging rock and will have countless opportunities for a rock hopping, scrambling and a little bit of unassisted climbing. If you have a fear of heights, don’t worry as there are always alternate routes to be found around these sections.

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.

You Yangs Peaks Circuit (return via East Walk) | 12.8km

This circuit returns you to the trail head via East Walk.

Total distance: 12756 m
Max elevation: 331 m
Min elevation: 70 m
Total climbing: 709 m
Total descent: -712 m
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You Yangs Peaks Circuit (return via West Walk) | 13km

This slight variation returns you to the trail head via West Walk rather than East Walk as per the hike above.

Total distance: 13044 m
Max elevation: 331 m
Min elevation: 70 m
Total climbing: 716 m
Total descent: -719 m
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