Last Visited: 08/03/09
Length (km): 4.5 km
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour 30 mins
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Region: South-West Victoria
Park: You Yangs Regional Park
Closest Town: Little River
Maximum Elevation: approx. 250 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 100 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Car Access: From Melbourne, take the Princess Freeway and turn-off at the Little River exit (towards Little River). In Little River, follow the signs to You Yangs Road and then to the You Yangs. Once inside the park gates, stick to the bitumen road and follow the signs to Flinders Peak and Turntable.
The track starts from the north end of the car park. The walk circumnavigates Flinders Peak and although it is not as physically challenging as the summit climb, it boasts far more interesting scenery. Soon after the track begins, there is a signed turn-off to the left after the first short section of granite steps.
The walk is very easy to follow from here as there are few crossings. Along the way, there is an aboriginal shelter but this might be difficult to spot. The track will turn around to the east and there will be a few larger granite boulders. After a very large boulder on the left, look out for a few wooden steps on the way down the hill to the shelter (also look for an orange arrow – I can’t remember whether it’s on a tree or the ground). Unfortunately, the shelter has been vandalised and badly littered.
Now follow the track to The Saddle Picnic Ground and on to the west side of Flinders Peak. Features of this section of the walk include many more granite outcrops, views of the Melbourne CBD and of the geoglyph (which is also a feature of the Flinders Peak walk).
This section of the park is a bit quieter than the Flinders Peak walk but I still didn’t spot much in the way of wildlife.
Part of the track
- Flinders Peak is another walk that starts from Turntable carpark
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