Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Weekend Tales; Werribee Gorge

You might not know it from the photos in this post but we’ve just come out of Winter, and what an end to it we had? Glorious blue skies together with the occasional gentle breeze made for perfect hiking weather on Winter’s very last day.

This time we headed west of Melbourne to Werribee Gorge State Park. The state park takes it name from the basalt gorge and Werribee river running through it and provides a few walking options. We had decided ahead of time to undertake the 10km circuit walk but we both agreed we’d like to go back and do some more walks in the park.

Starting from Quarry Picnic Ground, it’s a 10km (4hours) loop back around. The terrain is varied, at times the paths are open and wide whilst at other times, you’ll be climbing rocks alongside the river, clinging to the cable they’ve installed to help you. 

Whilst the views from the top (especially the eastern and western lookouts) were great, my favourite part was definitely the cable assisted scramble along the rivers edge. My least favourite part was realising I hadn’t taken enough water. No fun at all.
{someone remind me to unclip my backpack before photos – argh!}

Not really at all near Werribee, Werribee Gorge State Park is just off the Western Highway, about 60kms away (take the Pentland Hills exit if coming from Melbourne).  Take plenty of water, some food and go and enjoy yourself.

There’s more information on the Parks Vic website including of shorter walks. All are marked with coloured route markers but having the park map (or a photo of it) with you could come in handy. It enabled us to see where we’d gone wrong.