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A Bush Walk To Get Your Heart Pumping

View from top of You Yangs Image by @elle.maree

There's something about a bush walk that is so serene. Getting in touch with nature, with no one around. Just you and your thoughts.

Well, you're not going to get that at the You Yangs!

However, if you're looking for a decent walk or somewhere to do an elevated HIIT workout, you've come to the right place.

On sunny weekends, you'll be fighting for space on the You Yangs with families spreading out across the track and dogs dodging in and out of passers by. That said, it's a truly beautiful spot to take in the sights and get your heart rate up. Our advice, just head down early!

The You Yangs are made up of a series of granite ridges that rise to 364m above the Werribee Plain, just over an hours drive west of Melbourne. We recommend going straight up to the main ridge, Flinders Peak, which is basically 450 steps all the way to the highest point.

When you get to the top, keep an eye out for a Geoglyph constructed by an Australian artist (Andrew Rogers) in recognition of the indigenous people of the area. It represents a mythical creature known as the Bunjil with a wingspan of 100m using 1,500 tons of rock to create it.

Still quieter than the 1,000 steps (and half the distance!) the You Yangs are great for cardio training and will give you 200m elevation in 1.6km.