Hike the You Yangs in 2 -3 Hours
Recently I wrote a post on my favourite hikes in the You Yangs in Under an Hour. Now I’m sharing my favourite hikes for when I have a bit longer.
Timing’s for these should be used as a guide only, as there are many variables – such as: how many photos you stop to take (for me: many), if you take a snack or lunch stop, the weather, your current level of fitness, if you have any injuries, etc.
1. East West Walk: 4.5km. This is listed as a 2 hour walk, I usually take around an hour. I love this circuit walk for the sweeping views (better than from Flinder’s Peak I reckon), and it’s fun doing a bit of rock hopping. This hike goes around Flinder’s Peak, and there’s also a lookout near the start (or end – depending on which way you go). Park at Turntable car park.
2. Flinder’s Peak: 8.7km. Leaving from the Park Office car park, go up towards Big Rock, then up to the peak via the Turntable car park. Great views from the top, but it can get very busy from Turntable car park up to the peak. This section also has lots of steps and will get your heart and lungs working! This takes around 2 hours.
3. Turntable carpark, along the Saddle, meet up with East West Walk: I wrote about this walk here. I love this walk for how quiet it is, plus you get a taster of the East West walk. You can also enjoy some beautiful views, and a good workout.
More info, plus other walks can be found in my e-book – The BEST Hiking Trails Close to Geelong (e-mail me for your copy).
Bio: Sam Cook loves hiking the trails close to her home in Geelong, Victoria. Whether it’s the Surf Coast Walk, the You Yangs, the Great Ocean Walk, or any of the other many walks available, she’s out there as often as possible, and through her blog ‘I Heart Hiking’ hopes to encourage others to do the same. She also has a strong social conscience, and in 2016 will be bringing a brand new and exciting event to the Surf Coast, with a big portion being given back to the local community. To find out more about this event, or connect with Sam, you can reach her at email@example.com.