It would loom up on the left every time I drove to Melbourne reminding me of my laziness. The You Yangs.
I spent 12 years in Geelong before I finally got around to going there. 12 years of driving by and saying, “You know, I still haven’t been to the You Yangs”.
Everyday life creates apathy for those attractions that are closest to home.
The most well known attraction of the You Yangs Regional Park is Flinders Peak, a 319 meter high granite summit.
It takes about 12 years an hour to climb Flinders Peak. The 360 degree views of the square parceled farm land all the way to Melbourne and across the bay makes the 450 steps and the 200 meter ascent worthwhile.
I anticipated that this walk would be a bit harder than it turned out to be so I didn’t lug my camera up with me and had to make do with my phone. It wasn’t up to the job of capturing the landscape.
The Flinders Peak isn’t the only walk that can be tackled at the You Yangs. Big Rock, the East – West Loop and Branding Yard Trail all start from the Turntable car park. I figure I’ll get there again by 2028.