Werribee Gorge State Park, Ingliston

#70 of 332 in Nature in Victoria
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Werribee Gorge State Park is a state park in Victoria, Australia. It is located near Bacchus Marsh and is popular with bushwalkers and rock climbers, all attracted to its spectacular views and significant geological features.
The main feature of this park is the Werribee Gorge, through which the Werribee River meanders. This gorge has acquired some renown throughout the last century for its geological value.
Werribee Gorge has attracted the attention of geologists last century as one of the earliest known ancient glacial deposits, parts of which can be seen by the observant visitor. The 200m deep gorge was formed about a million years ago when movements along a fault in the Earth's crust steepened the river's gradient. Since then the stream has continued to deepen the gorge through underlying rock to ancient sediments deposited in a sea more than 400 million years ago. Other geological events that have since occurred include the advance and retreat of an ice sheet and the inflow of volcanic lava.
There is a spectacular walking track which winds itself through the breathtaking gorge, which popular with bushwalkers and locals alike. It is certainly one of the greatest 'treasures' near Melbourne.
Werribee Gorge State Park is about 8 km west of Bacchus Marsh and can be approached by two routes. The first is via the Western Freeway and the Pentland Hills Road to Myers Road, a gravel road steep in places. This provides access to the Gorge itself. The second is via Ironbark Road (the Ballan-Ingliston Road) which is approached from the Bacchus Marsh-Anakie Road.
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  • Did the 10km werribee gorge circuit walk last month and it was beautiful. Beautiful scenery that changed every so often and got to see some great wildlife. I did manage to walk off in different...  more »
  • Very poor signage! Could easily get confused with animal tracks! Ended up getting lost and having to backtrack our steps to find the track. Luckily, we started early in the morning and had time to...  more »
  • We did the Werribee Gorge Circuit and it was a good balance of up and downhills. There was a part wherein you'd have to climb through ropes which was fun. There was not much animal presence which was understandable as there were a lot of people when we did the walk.
  • What an incredible area to do my first hike down under. I arrived before day break and took some pictures with a flash of the maps and did my best to try and follow through the dark. I ended up parking down at the lowest spot and then walking back along the circuit where people were parked much higher. I recommend parking at the higher spot to begin. Right away there was a mob of eastern grays all trying to file one by one under a fence into the park. I was able to get to almost 10 meters from them until the last two felt too uncomfortable to dive under th

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