Werribee Gorge – New Fave
Last time I was here it was seriously hot. I struggled in the heat.
After my last effort, I was disappointed. I felt that I hadn’t fully appreciated the rugged magnificence of this truly special place. I had a score to settle.
A last minute decision saw me there again today. And this time it was 13 degrees – MUCH BETTER!! Today I also ‘just’ did the circuit walk – much less than what I’d done last time.
Werribee Gorge is very close to Bacchus Marsh, and the highway, so while it feels away from it all, it’s very easy to get to. From time to time you also hear the VLine trains, and can see (and hear) planes from Melbourne Airport, which remind you that you aren’t really that far away from civilisation.
Today was a much better hike than last time. Although it’s quite a technical hike (rock scrambles and some moderate rock climbing), it’s taken over as my favourite hiking trail close to Geelong. A little bit of a challenge…but that’s not always a bad thing! It was also nice to see the Autumn colours and extra greenery along the way. And with the recent rain, I could hear the water from high up on the lookout, and also enjoyed watching it flow quickly along while walking on the river section of the hike.
I’ll be back again…and again.
Notes: This walk is listed as 10km and 5 hours of walking (from Meikles Point Picnic Area car park). With breaks, and lots of photo stops, today it took me under 3 hours. As I mentioned last time, this walk is listed as medium/hard. If you feel this might be a bit too difficult for you (but you still want to experience it for yourself), park at either Meikles Point Picnic area (if you want the challenge of a hard core hill almost as soon as you start), or Quarry car park (if you don’t want the big hill), and do the return trip to Junction Pool.