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Sunday, September 07, 2008

You Yangs Regional Park - East West Walk

On September 6, 2008, I visited the You Yangs Regional Park, 60 km SW of Melbourne.

The well-presented colorful information board at the Turntable carpark and picnic area provides many details about the history, discovery and development of the Park, much of which had been destroyed in bushfires in the 1980s.

There are four main interesting walking trail routes in the Park - some at the base of the mountains, others higher up. In my opinion, one of the best is the East West Walk, which starts and finishes at the Turntable carpark.

Travelling anti-clockwise, I did this walk, about 5 km, which circles Flinders Peak (340m) at a mid-level of elevation.

The views are excellent, with splendid panoramas to Melbourne's skyscrapers, Port Phillip Bay, Corio Bay, Avalon Airport, Geelong, the Western Plains and the Brisbane Ranges. From the Saddle, there are good views across the northern peaks. The track passes large boulders, winding its way through sheoaks, yellow and redgums.

From high up on East Walk, the Bunjil Geoglyph cultural feature is seen way down below at the foot of the mountain, adjacent to Branding Yard Trail. This is a distinctive placement of rocks in the shape of a wedge tailed eagle (Bunjil) - it was created by artist Andrew Rogers to commemorate the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The Bunjil is the creator spirit of the Wathuarong peoples.

The track is stony and steep in parts, and care is necessary after wet weather.

East Walk ends at a junction with Saddleback Track, then continues around the mountain as West Walk, and arrives back at the car park.

A newly constructed viewing platform is on the West Walk.

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