Australia Day Weekend – goats, green valleys, waterfalls & iconic drives
You Yangs – Big Rock/Saddle/Northern Range/Branding Yard/Turntable/Big Rock
This is a great walk – it sounds like an awkward way to go (taking all the different trails), but it makes much more sense when you are there. Hiking on the Northern Range of the You Yangs feels much more remote as most people seem to stick to the other side for some reason.
It was just us (and a goat, plus a couple of kangaroos) the whole time we were over there. With views like this though, I wonder why more people don’t head on over?
Overall its pretty easy – just a couple of quick hills – and is a great way to get some km’s in the legs.
Total distance: 10.7km
Highlights: The views and feeling like we had the place to ourselves. Some of the other parts of the You Yangs can get pretty crowded.
Triplet Falls & Wild Dog Road
After being to Apollo Bay probably once in my life, I headed off back there this weekend for the 3rd time since November.
As usual, even just the drive is relaxing and beautiful…then you get there and it just gets better! I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in Tanybryn – which keeps true to what you’d expect from the Otways.
We were a fairly big group (and not all of us were hikers), so we first headed to Triplet Falls. Even though the walk is short at just 2km, the trail is a beautiful loop through the rainforest to the waterfalls. I keep being equally surprised and excited by the range of hiking trails in Victoria – just the day before I’d been in the You Yangs where it’s quite dry and open – then to this.
For those wanting a big more, there’s a side trip (signposted early on in the walk) called Little Aire Walk, that’ll give you another 4.5km. After what we saw, Im sure it wouldn’t be disappointing.
Here’s some more photos, just cos…
A bit later the same day we headed off down Wild Dog Road (17km to Apollo Bay from where we were staying). Although not technically a hike, it was a great walk down a bitumen & dirt road with beautiful views across the valleys.
I had noticed a slight downhill on the way…which only meant one thing on our way back!
Coming home I took the iconic Great Ocean Road for part of my drive – what better way to enjoy Australia Day?
Total distance: 13km (2km Triplet Falls)
Highlights: I loved seeing some waterfalls, which even at this time of year were pumping!
Lowlights: In a place like the Otways there really are no lowlights
Another side trip: The Forrest Brewing Co has a cool café, beer taster platters and yummy cider. As the driver I enjoyed a hot chocolate and a sip of cider…but would love to go back another time (with a different designated driver).
I Heart Hiking – and I’m guessing you do too? Do you also love massages & healthy gourmet food? Then you’ll also love our weekend retreat – staying in Apollo Bay, and hiking along the world famous Great Ocean Walk – in May 2015. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org (warning: the photos will make you want to be there right now)