Flinders Peak (Wurdi Youang) walk, You Yangs

Turntable Car Park, Turntable Drive, Little River, VIC 3211

Flinders Peak (Wurdi Youang) walk, You Yangs

Turntable Car Park, Turntable Drive, Little River, VIC 3211

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1 h
2.85 km
Intermediate

This walk takes you to the top of the You Yangs, rising from the plains between Melbourne and Geelong. Yes It's uphill, but the spectacular views from the top are a great reward.

Flinders Peak (Wurdi Youang) walk, You Yangs

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This walk takes you to the top of the You Yangs, rising from the plains between Melbourne and Geelong. Yes It's uphill, but the spectacular views from the top are a great reward.

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Why not climb a mountain today?

Ok, so it's not Everest, but climbing to Flinders Peak at the You Yangs will make you feel like you're on top of the world.

For a short walk (one hour return) you get good exercise, with a fairly steep climb up including 450 steps. If that sounds daunting, just take your time, there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views! Look out for the Melbourne CBD skyline in the distance to the north-east and Geelong a bit closer to the south.

The vegetation on this walk is mainly native woodland, with quite a variety of plants. It is not tall forest, which allows great views but does mean there is not a lot of shade. It's a great walk for cooler conditions, maybe not the best option for a hot or windy day.

There are a range of facilities at the car park and picnic area including toilets, shelter, information boards and BBQs, all with views.

Notes:
- Dogs are allowed, but must be ON-LEAD at all times to protect native animals and plants (and to protect your dog from snakes)
- The location of some points illustrated in the photos is indicative only.
- If you are looking for a longer walk in the You Yangs East-West Walk is also great, offering similar views as it takes you right around the mountain. You could even combine the two (would suggest doing the East-West Walk first in that case).

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Points of Interest

1. The climb

Be ready - it's all uphill to the top! (Photo credit: Visit Victoria)

2. Flowers

Although it's not a forest, there's quite a range of different plants to see on this walk.

3. Walk with a view

There are great views over the countryside as you walk up and then back down.

4. Dogs allowed (on-lead)

Yes, you can bring your dog - just keep them on a lead and clean up after them if needed. Thanks!

5. Rock formations

Look for interesting rock formations like these.

6. Lower lookout

This lookout offers great views. Look for the Melbourne CBD in the distance and the Bunjil Geoglyph - rocks in the shape of an eagle - at the base of the mountain. (Photo credit: Visit Victoria)

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7. View

View to the north from the Lower Lookout.

8. Family friendly

If they don't mind going uphill, this is a good walk for kids, with plenty to see on a fairly short adventure. (Photo credit: Visit Victoria)

9. Seat with a view

Apart from the rocks there is the odd seat to sit on and rest while you take in the view.

10. On top of the world

At the top there are large boulders to climb around on or just sit on while you take in the views.

11. View from the top

At the top of the mountain is a tower giving 360 degree views. This photo shows the view to the north looking down on the rest of the You Yangs.


Features

Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Nature trail Nature trail