Hike the You Yangs in Under an Hour
Short on time but you want to get out and stretch the legs?
Here are my 2 favourite bushwalks to do up at the You Yangs when I don’t have much time:
What you get: Go right to the top of the You Yangs for fantastic 360 degree views – you can see the Brisbane Ranges, Geelong – and even Melbourne (though it’s a bit hazy some days).
My take on it: This walk is a tough slog (soo many steps), and it can get as busy as Bourke Street on a weekend or Public Holiday. But first thing in the morning it’s magical, and it’s a great workout for the legs and lungs to get you fit for hiking the longer trails (and hills).
The details: Park at Turntable car park and head straight up (then back down the same trail). Toilet facilities (drop!) at Turntable car park. This walk takes me about 40 minutes return, this includes photo stops and a short rest at the top.
Park Office to Big Rock:
What you get: A lot of flat bushwalking through the trees, peace and quiet, then some fun (easy) rockclimbing up Big Rock that leads to 360 degree views (you also get an uninterrupted view of Flinders Peak in all its glory).
My take on it: Perfect for getting out and stretching the legs without the crowds. The trail has diverse scenery (beautiful forest area that always makes me stop in my tracks to take it in), and the views from Big Rock are fantastic – especially early in the morning. Lots of kangaroos hang out here too. This is a great walk for kids – the (mostly) flat trail won’t be too hard, and they’ll love climbing on Big Rock. (Note: for younger kids try this instead)
The details: Park at Park Office car park (or at the park gate) and follow the signs to Big Rock (then back down the same trail). There’s an option of 2 different hiking trails right near Big Rock – both are great and roughly the same distance. There are toilets (flushing!) at both the Park Office & Big Rock car parks. This walk also takes me about 40 minutes, including photo stops, and a stop to admire the view from on top of Big Rock.
If you haven’t already, why don’t you go and check these bushwalks out? They are 2 of my favourite hikes for when I’m short on time. And the best part? If you’re in Geelong or Melbourne the You Yangs is super easy to get to!