This walk was a kind of surprise for us. I expected it to be interesting, but it appeared to be absolutely stunning. And it’s not even a national park. The picturesque canyon of Werribee River is worth to be walked in strong sunlight. At least if you want to make nice pictures.
We started our trip as usual with the barbie. The wood fuelled BBQs are the ones I like the most, but the wood branches we collected around were not dry enough in wintry conditions and it took us some time to finish up with all of eating ceremonies. The result was we started the walk about 1:30pm, which was late if you remember the Sun sets about 5pm in June.
We chose the Meikles Point Picnic Area as a start point of the walk (the other option is Quarry Picnic Area, which is closer by car) and it was a good choice. We could select shorter (8.5 km) version of the circuit (instead of 10.5 km full version), which is handy if you don’t like night-time bushwalking.
The other unexpected change to the plan was made by my mistake: we turned the wrong direction and made the walk clockwise, instead of counter-clockwise suggested by park administration. The reason for this suggestion is the narrow path along the river, which we realised later. Fortunately there weren’t too many walkers on the day in the gorge. Finally that change was good for us, as we passed the most difficult (and most picturesque) part of the trail in beautiful afternoon sunlight. Going there in the dark with the kids could be dangerous…
The walls of the gorge
The most difficult part of the trail, enforced with wire cable
The Falcon’s Lookout seen from the river
The hills seen from Western Viewpoint
Eucalypts on the slope
|Distance:||8.5 km (shorter loop)|
|Nearest town:||Bacchus Marsh (Vic)|
|From Melbourne:||70 km, 1 hour drive via Western Hwy towards Ballarat.
Leave the freeway at the Pentant Hills Road Exit (just after Bacchus Marsh), then turn left to Myers Rd
|Park:||Werribee Gorge State Park|