You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > New facilities boost the You Yangs experience


New facilities boost the You Yangs experience

Thursday 20 September, 2012

New mountain bike facilities opened today at the You Yangs Regional Park, reinforcing the park’s reputation as one of Victoria’s top biking destinations.

A new visitor shelter, barbeque, picnic facilities and bike wash down station at the Kurrajong Plantation mountain bike area add to the 50km network of dedicated bike trails at the park.

Riders can help look after native vegetation by washing their bikes to protect the spread of cinnamon fungus and new fences are in place to protect rare orchids.

“The new facilities are part of a range of improvements to infrastructure completed over the past two years as part of the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Vision for Werribee Plains Initiative,” said Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader Mark Whyte.

The Victorian Government provided $150,000 in support for the project through the DSE’s Vision for Werribee Plains initiative, above and beyond separate flood recovery works. This was matched by in-kind support from Parks Victoria, working with local mountain bike clubs, community and school groups and local businesses who enthusiastically donated their time and building materials.

“As part of the works, we’ve installed toilets and worked with volunteers to construct a second picnic shelter and barbeque at Drysdale Rd,” said Mr Whyte.

“The improved facilities at Drysdale Road have helped drive an increase in the number of mountain bike riders from about 5,000 a year in 2003 to more than 100,000 visits a year.”

Geelong Mountain Bike Club President Richard Grant said: “The new infrastructure is such a great asset to the local community.

“It is brilliant to go for a ride and be able to have a BBQ in the new shelters afterwards.”

Other improvements include new picnic facilities, signage and car park upgrades at Big Rock, and a new toilet block at the Western Plantation for horse riders.

The You Yangs Regional Park attracts about 250,000 visitors each year. It is located 55km southwest of Melbourne CBD and 22 km north of Geelong.  

What's on

Click to view RSS Feed

Australian Rhododendron Society 2014 Convention

25 Oct 2014 9:00am - 26 Oct 2014 4:00pm

This year’s ARS National Conference focuses on the pressing topic of Rhododendron conservation in this time of steeply accelerating forest loss, climate change and human population.

Click to view RSS Feed

Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Mount Alexander Regional Park

25 Oct 2014 12:30pm-1:30pm

A walk through the ex koala reserve identifying and recording birds around us To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk through Mount Alexander Regional Park. The ranger will take you through the ex koala reserve to help identify and record…

Click to view RSS Feed

Heart Foundation Walking - Park Walk

26 Oct 2014 9:30am-10:30am

See the wonderful display of wildflowers including peas, daisies and tiny orchids and small birds. Stay for a picnic, walk around the old township or visit the Steiglitz Courthouse. Light refreshments will be provided following the walk. Public toilets available. This guided walk is run by Friends of Brisbane Ranges…

Click to view RSS Feed

Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

26 Oct 2014 9:30am-10:30am

To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk through Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. The ranger will guide you along the Loddon River to identify and record the park's bird species. All experience levels and ages are welcome – from novice…