Hiking: Branding Yard Trail, You Yangs
I love when you know an area so well that you can clearly visualise what hiking there again will be like. The drive up the winding road to the carpark, the disapointment as you see all of the other cars already there (before remembering they won’t be on your trail), the smell of the drop toilets (go quick!), and the fresh air on your face as you admire the sweeping views as you descend into the trees for an easy and quiet loop walk before heading back up to the carpark.
This is what it’s like to hike on the Branding Yard Trail.
Leaving from the busy Turntable carpark, this trail is usually uncrowded (you’re lucky to see other hikers at all!), and I love the feeling of leaving the hustle and bustle of the crowds to wander off on your own.
This trail is perfect for people new to hiking, or recovering from injury or illness. It gently descends from the carpark, down into a flat area where you do a big loop, before gently (and quickly) ascending back up to the carpark. It’s a good length (5km), offers sweeping views across the Northern Range of the You Yangs as you head down, and has some nice lookouts and BBQ’s/picnic areas in the vicinity of the carpark so you can relax and reflect afterwards.
Total Distance: 5km
Trail Grade: Easy (mainly flat)
How you get there: Once at the You Yangs, follow the signs up to the Turntable carpark and park there. The trail leaves from near the covered shelter.
Best bits: Quiet trail, perfect for a gentle stroll. Drop toilets at Turntable carpark. A variety of lookouts and BBQ’s/picnic tables close by.
Not so great bits: The slightly confusing signage – which isn’t a massive problem as it’s a loop walk anyway.
Do you have a favourite hike that’s your go-to when taking new hikers, or if you’re recovering from illness or injury? I’d love to hear about it!
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at email@example.com.