"Sweetberry's Lara Page - You Yangs & Avalon.." Lara by Sweetberry1
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Anyone looking out from Geelong over Corio Bay or driving toward the city from Melbourne can't help but notice the peaks that rise from the grassy plains. These are the You Yangs, granite pinnacles that provided noted explorer and navigator Matthew Flinders with a vantage point to survey the area in 1802.
You can follow his footsteps, as I did, to the top of the 352-metre Flinders Peak, named in his honour, and enjoy views to Mount Macedon, the Brisbane Ranges, Geelong, Corio Bay and Melbourne.
The You Yangs are more than just a lookout. The regional park has excellent picnic and barbecue facilities, native animals, well-signposted walks and a drive that highlights the park's features.
More than 200 bird species have been identified in the You Yangs, along with kangaroos, koalas, possums and sugar gliders. The vegetation includes a variety of eucalypts such as manna gums, yellow gums and river red gums.
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. Visitors can see these rock wells on the Big Rock.
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.
The You Yangs Regional Park is 55 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km north of Geelong. Access to the park from the Geelong-Melbourne Freeway is clearly signposted via Little River or Lara.
Earlier this Year.. 2003.
The Australian International Airshow was held in Avalon this year... and I had the good fortune to be here for the event.
The day was exciting, with lots of interesting things to see and do.
There were aircraft from many countries around the globe, all of them made this the spectacular show that it was.
Serendip Sanctuary, is located at Lara, a 20-minute drive from the Geelong city centre, and a few minutes from the You... more travel advice
Some of the smaller boulders of granite, seen along the hiking trail.. These are actually a lot larger than they... more travel advice
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