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You Yangs Regional Park
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You Yangs Regional Park Mountain Bike Adventure from Melbourne
Ranked #245 of 3,482 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Beautiful Park with nice walking trails. We had a Koala "spotter" who took us right to three individuals - snoozing in the tree. Park office was closed - but nice restrooms, cookout spots and ample parking. Some very nice views from the rocks as you go further up the hill towards the summit. Dog friendly too. There are also some crazy looking giant owls that mimic tree limbs... just a short distance from the Park office.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

we discovered this place about 2 months ago, went 3 times in the last month thats how much we love it and cos it isnt too far from us either. you can choose to walk or drive to several look out spots, most are perfect for sunrise n sunset, there are also many picnic/ BBQ areas to choose from, i personally love the fact that every time we go there's never too many visitors around, feel like we own the place. Definitely one of my favorite nature in Victoria.

1  Thank LO C
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

A great little gem of a park located less than an hours drive from Melbourne. The park has lots of hiking/biking tracks for bushwalking and riding. It has some very distinctive granite outcroppings and sits up at a higher level that the surrounding lands which allow for the growth of some unique types of vegetation. The park is a fantastic place for birding with many of the local endemics resident here. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of Koala’s high up in the trees if you are fortunate.
It’s a wee bit hard to locate but if you have a good GPS, once you are North of Geelong you will start to see signage for the Park. If you want to escape Melbourne for an afternoon and get out into nature you can’t beat this spot.

2  Thank TravellerNanaimoB_C_
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Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

Good walking tracks but one of the least spectacular "National Parks" I've been to around Australia. The scenery is very ugly, I wouldn't advise going if you wanted to see "beautiful" nature. I think it's only good if you've got no where else and want to do a fitness walk/hike/run. Also too many people take their dogs and there's poop everywhere along the tracks and lots of rubbish. The park has suffered from great over use.

4  Thank Joseph C
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Combine this with a trip to nearby Serendip Sanctuary for a great day out. Lots of lovely picnic areas. Everyone seems to want to race straight up Flinders Peak to the excellent lookout, but there are many good short walks to do. We walked from the Turntable carpark (at base of Flinders Peak) to Big Rock, then around Big Rock and back again. Nice and fairly flat walk, interesting rocks and scenery.
Be warned that the smelly "eco-toilets" at this park have no running water for hand washing, so highly advisable to bring water and soap for this yourself, or some hand sanitiser.

3  Thank TravellingAussieMum
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