Day Hike / Bushwalk

Adventure in my own backyard

Standard, October 4, 2014, samcook76, 0 Views 0 Comments
You Yangs hiking

You Yangs Hiking


Today I took full advantage of the great Spring weather and headed up to the You Yangs.

I parked at the Park office car park, then went via Big Rock to the Saddle, then on the Northern Range walk to the Branding Yard, and back to the car via Turntable and Big Rock.  All up it was 12.3km.

It was mostly easy going, with a couple of small & quick hills.  There was about an hour where I was alone (except for the kangaroos, and a weird looking lizard), so I could just be in the moment and take in the fresh air while enjoying the lovely views.  It’s been a busy and somewhat stressful week, so getting out today really cleared my head – and will allow the most amazing sleep tonight!  I always feel like it’s a ‘control/alt/delete’ for my brain when I get out on the trails…and even with a sweaty t-shirt & tired legs, I never regret getting out there.

As it’s about 10-15 minutes from my front door to the carpark, it really is an adventure in my own backyard!  And the Northern Range was a trail I’d only seen from a distance until today, so it was super exciting to check it out.  Wanderlust is all about the desire for adventure and travel and new destinations.  It’s not always possible to go somewhere new, so why not take a different trail, road or path near where you live?  Or go for a walk somewhere you normally drive – it’ll give you a completely different outlook.

Looking forward to another trip up there tomorrow – even though it’ll be shorter & sharper trails I take (Flinders Peak & the East-West walk).


Bit’s I loved: The weather – beautiful sunshine & blue sky, smell of onions on the bbq as I was coming up to the Turntable carpark

Bit’s I didn’t love as much: smell of onions on the bbq as I was coming up to the Turntable carpark!

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