At the bottom of Werribee Gorge amongst the rocks and water.

Tackling Werribee Gorge

Members of the  WalknFork Meetup Group on a recent hike in Werribee Gorge.Just under an hour’s drive southwest from Melbourne, Werribee Gorge is around a 10 kilometre circuit trail of steep and rocky spurs. The circuit hike will take around four hours to complete if you are of reasonable fitness, but be aware the trail is graded medium to hard and it can be very difficult underfoot in spots.

Reflections in the water of the stream at the bottom of Werribee Gorge.

The circuit commences from the Falcons Lookout Carpark and descends gradually from the ridge down to the Western Bluff. From here it is a steep decline into the gorge before climbing up to the summit of Pyramid Rock. You will be rewarded with the stunning vista below you of the Werribee Gorge and River, as well as the plains of Bacchus Marsh and Centenary Hill at the end of the gorge.

From Pyramid Rock you descend back into the gorge and follow the river across to Needles Beach. This is possibly the most challenging part of the trail, navigating over the rocks beside the river. With its sandy beach surrounded by rugged rock faces, which I find as entertaining to find images in as cloud gazing can be, Needles is a real oasis. If you are hiking during the warmer months it wouldn’t be a bad idea to throw your bathers into your day pack and enjoy a refreshing dip in the water.

At the bottom of Werribee Gorge amongst the rocks and water.

Leaving Needles Beach you will ascend back up over a spur while walking along the trail with craggy rock walls rising to the left of you with many small caves dotted in amongst the rocks. If you have a fanciful imagination you may get the feeling that unseen eyes are following your progress along the track.

The rock face you need to traverse when hiking the Werribee Gorge.

After traversing a narrow ridge and saddle you can then follow the Ironbark Gorge Track to return you to the start at the Falcons Lookout carpark.

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2 Comments

  1. When I did this hike, I was walking with one of those guys who like to offer their hand of help to women in difficult terrain. I remember it well, because I had the choice to either accept the hand knowing he meant well or reject the hand as a feminist but unnecessarily antisocial act.

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  2. And which did you chose?! I suspect from my experience I would have taken the offered hand as I did find the going a little rough in spots. Actually did twist my ankle rather badly on the rocks, but still enjoyed the hike. It’s always great to be out in nature wouldn’t you agree?

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