Weribee Gorge Circuit via the Short Circuit Track

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

4.5 km
circuit

↑ 247 m
↓ -248 m

Hard track
Starting from the Meikles Point Picnic Area on Myers Road, Ingliston, this walk takes you on a small loop within the Weribee Gorge State Park via the Short Circuit Track. Enjoy a short hike that allows you to experience the wild, rugged natural beauty of Weribee Gorge State Park, offering impressive views of both the river and the cliff faces of the gorge. Koalas, wallabies and echidnas can be spotted along the way. This is a short but challenging hike on a well defined dirt trail, with some rocky sections and some steep ascents and descents. There is lot of gravel in sections and it becomes rather slippery under the feet. The walk is suitable for most ages and fitness levels, but some bushwalking experience and physical endurance is required. This walk is highly trafficked, and it's a good idea to go early if you wish to avoid the crowds. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.6732073,144.364182)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Western Highway, 8
  • Turn on to Western Highway, 8 then drive for 34.2 km
  • Keep left onto Mortons Road Offramp and drive for another 510 m
  • Turn right onto Mortons Road and drive for another 205 m
  • Turn left onto Pentland Hills Road and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Turn left onto Myers Road and drive for another 2.1 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 550 m
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 25 m pass the "Werribee Gorge Meikles Point Picnic Area" (5 m on your left).
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 970 m veer left.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 65 m pass the toilet (on your right).
After another 230 m turn left.
After another 50 m veer left, to head along Gorge Circuit Walk.
After another 360 m veer left, to head along Gorge Circuit Walk.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Centenary Track & Gorge Circuit Walk) continue straight, to head along Gorge Circuit Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Optional side trip to the Eastern Viewpoint To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Gorge Circuit Walk & Short Circuit Track) turn left, to head along Short Circuit Track.
After another 80 m turn left, to head along Short Circuit Track.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Short Circuit Track & Gorge Circuit Walk) turn sharp left, to head along Gorge Circuit Walk.
After another 325 m come to the end.

Optional side trip to the Eastern Viewpoint
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Gorge Circuit Walk & Short Circuit Track Start heading along Gorge Circuit Walk (a walking track).
After another 35 m turn right.
Continue another 65 m to find Eastern Viewpoint at the end.
"Eastern Viewpoint".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 100 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Weribee Gorge Circuit via the Short Circuit Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.3 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.3 km[toilet]
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