A steady climb of 450 steps and some steep pathways led to the place where Matthew Flinders once stood, surveying the land below.
The new Spring growth was appearing, out of seemingly impossible nooks and crannies of granite boulders and wildflowers were popping up all over the place.
When the urge hit to stop and
go find a cafe instead take a breather, some inspiration from this boulder made us keep going. Thanks, Rock!
Another word of encouragement came from some hikers coming back down, who told us to look out for a koala on our right.
Sure enough, there he was - in the best seat in the house, a gum overlooking the fields to Geelong and Westernport Bay. He woke up for a few minutes to say Hi to us, before nodding off again. Tough gig.
We also found the second best seat in the house. But I didn't stop - that Rock had guilted me. Keep Going, I did.
Upon reaching the peak, we soaked up the views all around...
...from the city skyline and mountain ranges...
...to the city of Geelong and its industrial estates and harbour, and the green and gold fields between us.
1500 tonnes of rock were used to create the form of the mythical bird, completed in 2006.
Back at the carpark - we had a quick rest before heading off for a picnic at Serendip Sanctuary. I'll tell you about that in the next post.
P.s. The facilities at the Lower Carpark are a much better choice than the long drop at the Turntable.
What: Flinders Peak Walk, You Yangs
Where: Turntable Drive
When: Daily 8am - 4:30 (closes at 6pm on weekends)
Why: walks, nature
How much: FREE
Nearby: Serendip Sanctuary, Lara