Werribee Gorge (Long) Circuit – UNTESTED

Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing. There are a few bathrooms on the way.

This walk starts at Meikles Point Picnic Area and follows the Gorge Circuit walk until you reach Quarry Picnic Area, through a second smaller carpark near the road and follows around passing various lookouts until returning to the starting location

Jells Park Circuit

Jells park Circuit is an easy walk which is well signposted and easily navigated. There are lots of various species of birds (although wildlife such as Kangaroos seem rare).

Park at the ample car parking off Waverley Rd, and make your way towards the visitor centre at the end of the parking (there is an outdoor cafe there). You can go inside for further information.

Make your way down towards the right side of the lake and follow the path along the lake (keeping the lake to your left). You will pass numerous small lookouts/piers over the lake on the way, and a lookout for the birds. The back of the lake is protected by a large gate. Ensure you close it on the way in. Follow your way around the lake sticking to all the paths that lead you closest to the lake, before reaching the other side of the lake. Head towards the visitor centre and return to the beginning.

More Information is available at: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/-/media/project/pv/main/parks/documents/visitor-guides-and-publications/jells-park/jells-park-vsitor-guide.pdf

You Yangs East-West Flinders Peak Walk (14km/Moderate)

The You Yangs are a series of granite ridges that rise to 319m above the Werribee Plain approximately 55 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km north-east of Geelong, in Victoria, Australia near Avalon airport. They’re popular among a few communities including the mountain biking community and the rock climbing community.

This walk follows the West Track, East Track, Saddleback Track and Northern Range walk. After completing the tracks, there is a final walk up Flinders peak (which can be skipped if required)

Keep in mind, parts of this track are fairly steep. There is a toilet at the beginning car park (which you pass again near the end). Parts of this trek can be fairly slippery too. Unfortunately, this walk is not wheelchair accessible

Cape Woolamai Adventure

Cape Woolamai is a nature reserve located as a south east offshoot of Phillip Island surrounded by beaches, cliffs and various fauna including Shearwater / Mutton birds.

You will need to check tide times before performing this walk. The first beach walk (Cleeland Blight) is difficult during high tide. For this reason, we don’t recommend reversing the direction of this walk (it’s best to get it out of the way, especially whilst people are still uninjured). Check the tide before going!!!

Meet at the Cape Woolamai surf club carpark. Follow the road and turn right onto the track towards the east beach (Cleeland Blight). Keep in mind that this is only safe during low tide.

Continue down the beach until reaching Quarry track (before the giant rocks on the beach / old granite quarry), climb the stairs and join the track inland, until turning left on cliff track, passing the lookout, beacon and the pinnacles until reaching the magicland steps to the beach. Turn right on the beach, walking along it until you reach the Cape Woolamai Surf club, completing your walk

Strath Creek Falls Walk

Strath Creek Falls is a 50m waterfalls located within the Mt Disappointment forest at Clonbinane Victoria. Whilst mostly an isolated location, various places near the area are used for dirt biking. There are campgrounds in the area if you wish to stay the night.

I’ve marked this walk as moderate, as there is a bit of an incline, however, its very short, the trail is well defined (the sides are fenced off), and the trail is short. You will not get lost. Ensure you’re wearing good enough shoes (but no real trekking equipment is required).

The Carpark has a picnic table, and 2 good car spots (although, it may be possible to improvise more). It seems to be reachable without 4WD (although, 4wd is preferred), and it likely isn’t accessible for buses or camper-vans. There is very little phone reception. I personally spent 2 days at Strath Creek, and never saw a second person (probably because there isn’t much else nearby). So it’s also a great place if you want some peace.

The walk starts from the carpark. You follow the signposts and the trail. Along the way you see the valley to the left and there is a viewing platform with additional info at the end of the trail to observe the waterfall. The viewing platform has a placard with a poem on a rock. Once you have finished, do a U-Turn and return to the car-park.

It shouldn’t take longer than 30mins.

Please note: I have seen this walk referred to as Murchison falls on one website, however, have been unable to find any usage of the name otherwise. I believe someone probably got creative, however, there are other features in the area which start with “Murchison” in the name, so it may be plausible. So keep in mind if someone talks about “Murchison Falls”, they are probably referring to Strath Creek.

Warburton River Walk (Yarra River)

Warburton River walk is an easy walk alongside the Yarra river. I’ve marked height as a risk, however, it is not required to pass a bridge at all (there are paths on both sides of the river, and they both lead to the same place). If you do wish to cross the river, there are also larger bridges available which also facilitate cars (if you are unable to cross normal footbridges)

On a summer day, you can take a swim, and it’s very difficult to get lost (just follow the river). You can alternate sides of the river differently if you wish.

There is a public bathroom at Bramich Footbridge if required. We believe this walk to be wheelchair accessible

We start our walk at the parking outside Redwood Community Centre. The entire walk is well signposted (and even have signs with simplified maps every footbridge).

Take the clearly marked sign to the trail, and begin walking alongside the river (don’t pass under or over the bridge at this time).

Pass the oval, and Cross over the first bridge (Redwood Bridge) to the other side and continue in the same direction. It’s a massive bridge, you won’t miss it.

Continue on until you come across Brett Rd bridge which is a combined Foot Traffic / Motor Vehicle bridge. Google calls it Brett Road, however the signage calls it “Brisbane Bridge” (you’ll need to follow the trail onto the road to get onto the bridge). Do a U-Turn and follow the path down until you reach Bramich Footbridge (there will be toilets). Along the way you will pass artwork on a wall.

Cross Bramich footbridge and continue walking to Redwood Bridge again (which you will need to cross once more). After passing, its a quick trip back to the car.

La La Falls Walking Trail

La La Falls is a waterfall based in Warburton which was originally named after a guesthouse (meaning “Welcome Welcome”). Much of the track follows an old timber tramway which has since been removed, and runs alongside a creek. The walk is short and fairly easy. Almost everyone should be able to complete it (it does have an incline, but its fairly short). Even kids have no problem completing it, and there are no real risks (you even get mobile reception). Keep in mind that there are no bathrooms.

You begin in the La La Falls Carpark, and the trail is clearly signposted, and very well defined (you can’t miss it). Follow the trail until you reach the waterfall (and the viewing area). Return down the same route. Keep in mind, there were a lot of insects when we went. As the track is so well signposted, we recommend following the trail instead of using the GPX (it’s actually significantly easier).

Point Nepean Adventure Walk

Point Nepean is a beach area, which was traditionally used by the Army. It’s a walk with plenty of Historic buildings. If you wish to shorten this walk, you can skip the Cheviot hill detour or avoid visiting the bunkers / historic features. The trek is well signposted, has lots of tourists who can assist, has shuttle buses and in the event that you become lost, you can simply follow Defence rd (or the signs to quarantine station) to the beginning car park.

This walk includes a beach walk which you may avoid (if preferred) by returning via Coles Track back (or defense Rd / Danson Drive) instead of the beach.

Some of the places of interest you’ll pass are
* Information Centre
* Quarantine Station
* Cheviot Hill
* Harold Holt Memorial
* Happy Valley Trek
* Fort Pearce
* Fort Nepean
* Engine House
* Cemetery
* Gunners Cottage
* 25m Range (optional detour, not in GPX Track)

The walk begins at horseshoe building outside the carpark with billboards of information and proceeds onwards to the information Centre where you can collect a map, collect ice cream and go to the bathroom.

You continue down the path on Boyle Road (keeping the ocean on your right side) and the big white building on your left which is the Quarantine station. Eventually, you reach Coles Track (signposted), which you follow (a long distance), past Walterman Pister Track and the Observation Point beach turnoff. Follow the track along the coast until turning left to return to defence road.

Follow defence road a short distance, until you see the Cheviot Hill Circuit Turnoff on the left (there is a round information booth visible from the road where the path starts). You can skip this loop if you want to speed up the trek. Follow the path to cheviot hill, and follow the loop until turning right onto the Range area walk (signposted), and after a short time, turn left onto the Happy Valley track which is signposted too (definitely not a happy valley). You will return to the Cheviot hill track, where you turn right, and then left back onto defence road to continue your trek.

Continue walking down defence road, and a quick detour on the left will bring you to the Harold Holt memorial.

Continue down the road until you rejoin the main walking trek on the right side of the road, and continue towards the tip of the peninsula. You will pass eagles nest on the right, and once rejoining the road, Fort Pearce on the left,and then Pearce barracks (a circuit) on the right. Continue down the road (you’ll be able to see coastlines on both sides). You will reach stairs you need to climb for Fort Nepean (there is a small picnic area at the top). Follow the path to the right to Gun Emplacement 6 /Parade ground, until you reach another area with bathrooms. Follow the steps down to the Engine house (we recommend having lunch down there). Pass through the Engine House (upstairs) and you will reach another path, which will take you back to the stairs, the bathrooms and back to defense road.

You return via the road until you rejoin Coles track on the left. Eventually you’ll reach the bend (beach turnoff which is closed), instead proceed along the coast and coles track until you reach observatory point. Turn right down Walter Pisterman Walk (away from the coast until you reach the cemetary. Follow the Walter Pisterman track to the carpark (NOT the original one you parked at).

Whilst not in the GPX track, you can optionally turn left onto Defence road (towards the start of the trek), walk to 25M range and do a U-turn back to the carpark.

The carpark surrounds Gunners Cottage (if you wish to take a look). Continue back towards the coast via coles track (towards observation point). Turn left when you hit the coast, and then right until you reach the beach (there will be the broken down Historical Cattle Jetty). Turn right on the beach. Walk on the sand until you reach the quarantine station, bathrooms, visitor centre and the ultimately the carpark at the beginning.

Double 1001 Steps Circuit (Narre Warren / Bayview Park)

1001 steps is a new addition to Victoria’s walks, introduced only in June 2019 and is not to be confused with the Thousand Steps in Ferntree Gully. 1001 steps is designed to be easy and suitable for all ages. It’s incredibly straight forward, and its difficult to get lost. The steps themselves are extremely low, and are accessible to all ages

Because of its short length, this trek is back and reverse (so if you are only looking for a 20minute walk, don’t do the second half). It’s too short for a jog unless you do many circuits.

The Steps start at the dedicated carpark, and weave their way around the mountain before returning back to the beginning. have a dedicated carpark where there is limited parking. The trail is extremely well defined, always busy and the trail is easy. The view is also fairly decent at the top and its well-worth the quick trip. You WON’T get lost unless you really try. This walk should also be ok for those with bad knees

Kurth Kiln Circuit

Containing a range of forest types, the Park is mostly known for its kiln, built during the Second World War to make charcoal for gas producer units fitted to cars. Patented and developed by Professor E E Kurth, the ‘producer gas’ was a substitute for petrol, heavily rationed at the time.

Kurth Kiln Circuit starts off at the camping ground, brings us to the kiln (almost immediately), past waterfalls, a rock climbing location and a reservoir. There is a lot of road walking in this trek, and its considered Moderate mainly because of the distance. The good thing about this track however, is that it can be simplified as required. I have marked this as a shallow river crossing, however, you actually are trekking over small streams (where there is the risk of falling in).

Those who have an interest in Rock Climbing can also bring a rope and harnesses, for basic practice at Egg Rock (its a good place to start)