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Culture and heritage

Wadawarrung dancers
from Parks Victoria
Uncle Bryon from Wadawarrung
from Parks Victoria

The name 'You Yang' comes from the Aboriginal words 'Wurdi Youang' or 'Ude Youang' meaning big mountain in the middle of a plain. Aboriginal people enlarged natural hollows in the rocks to form wells that held water even in dry seasons.

Explorer Matthew Flinders was the first European to visit the You Yangs. On 1 May 1802, he and three of his men climbed to the highest point. He named it 'Station Peak' but this was later changed to Flinders Peak in his honour.