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You Yangs Regional Park

You Yangs back in the 1800s
from Carole Bartholomew
Young Yangs
from Andrew Morrison
Koala KiKi
from Janine Duffy
Wadawarrung dancers
from Parks Victoria
Uncle Bryon from Wadawarrung
from Parks Victoria
Koala Clancy
from Janine Duffy
Morning Rise
from Michael Preston
View from Great Circle Dr
from Haiyin Liu
Great Circle Dr
from Haiyin Liu
Foggy Morning
from Gary Light
Waterholes at Big Rock
from Gary Light
Big Rock Picnic Area
from Parks Victoria
Bakers Flat Picnic Ground
from Parks Victoria
Big Rock Picnic Area
from Parks Victoria
Aboriginal well on Big Rock
from Phil Skeggs
from Alyssa
Rufous Whistler
from Alyssa
from Alyssa
Having fun at the Youies!
from Geelong Mountain Bike Club
Junior MTB'ers racing in the Kurrajong
from Geelong Mountain Bike Club
"The Duck" at The You Yangs
from James Rodrigo
Dusky Woodswallow
from Janine Duffy

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Park Statistics

  • Established:August 1992
  • Area:1967ha
Bird watching
Dog walking
Horse riding
Medium walk / Day walk
Mountain biking
Rock climbing/abseiling
Short walk
Sporting fields

The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong.

The You Yangs is a fantastic park for mountain biking. It has two mountain biking areas with over 50 kilometres of exciting trails catering for riders of all ages and ability.

The park is also popular for its magnificent views, birdlife, rock-climbing and abseiling, bushwalks and picnics.

Park hours

You Yangs Regional Park is open every day, including weekends and public holidays. It is open from 7.00am to 5.00pm outside of daylight savings and 7.00am to 6.00pm during daylight savings. 

Getting here

The Park is 55km southwest of the Melbourne CBD and 22km north of Geelong. Access to the park from the Princess Freeway is clearly signposted via Lara.

Things to see and do

Fantastic walking, picnicking and wildlife viewing opportunities abound within the park, catering for all ages and abilities. There are both challenging and family-friendly mountain biking and horse riding trails. A permanent orienteering course has also been established, as well as a 12km scenic drive through the park.


There are several picnic areas throughout the park, many with tables and toilet facilities. The main picnic areas provide gas barbeques free of charge on a first come basis. There are plenty of places to set up your own gas barbecue. Please take all rubbish away for disposal or recycling.


Dogs must be controlled on a leash at all times. Clean up after your dog.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

What's on

  • GMBC XCO MTB race

    XCO race at the Stockyards is a Cross Country Olympic mountain bike race of multiple laps of a shortish loop.Race for 90 minutes+ on the fabulous You Yangs trails.A,B,C,D and Women's A & B grades.GMBC members will also be competing for Club Championship honours.

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Popular things to do

  • Mountain Biking The You Yangs has two designated mountain biking areas that contain over 50 kilometres of exciting and environmentally sustainable trails…

  • Yellow Gum Picnic Area Yellow Gum Picnic Area is one of several picnic areas located throughout the park. Big Rock, Valley, Lower and Turntable…

  • Scenic Drives Great Circle Drive A 12km gravel road accessible by two wheel drive cars. The drive provides the full spectrum of…

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