The granite peaks of the You Yangs rise dramatically from the...read more
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 park is popular for its magnificent views, birdlife and for bushwalks and picnics. Fantastic walking opportunities abound within the park, catering for all ages and abilities. Many of the walking tracks can be linked by management vehicle tracks to provide longer walks for the more enthusiastic. Dogs are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times. The You Yangs are great to take a scenic drive, horse ride or rock climb. It is also a fantastic park for mountain biking. It has two mountain biking areas with over 50 kilometres of exciting trails catering for riders of all ages and ability. There are several picnic areas throughout the park, many with wood fired barbeque places. Please bring your own wood. The main picnic areas provide gas barbeques free of charge and there are plenty of places to set up your own gas barbecue. 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. The Park is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm year round and 8.00am to 6.00pm on weekends and public holidays during daylight savings.