Walking Since 1939

Werribee Gorge (W James Whyte Island Reserve)


The Shelter – W James Whyte Island Reserve – Centenary Track – Meat Ant Spur

Distance: 10 to 12km  (4 to 5 hours)

Bookings are not required for this walk, just turn up at:   8:45am   Flagstaff station forecourt (corner William and Latrobe Sts, CBD).

The leader will organise car-pooling and provide directions to the location of the walk.  There is free all-day parking nearby if your vehicle isn’t needed for transport.

If you are not a member of YHA Bushwalking, the cost is $7 plus any share of car-pooling as described on the Joining a Walk page.

Walk Description

The W James Whyte Island Reserve, also known as “The Island”, is located approximately 50 kms west of Melbourne near Myrniong (10km west of Bacchus Marsh).  It was donated to Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) in 2006 by W. James Whyte.

The Reserve is located adjacent to the Werribee Gorge State Park and embraces sections of the Werribee River and Myrniong Creek, including important geomorphological sites and areas of remnant vegetation.

Grade and Terrain: Medium.  This bushwalk is only suitable for bushwalkers who have good day walking experience and good walking fitness and can walk at 3.5 km/hour  and climb hills at 300 m/hour. The walk has steep hill climbs off tracks and a steep descent on a muddy track which can be very slippery when wet.  The walk also crosses Myrniong Creek without a bridge.

Map: Lerderderg & Werribee Gorge Victoria’s Parks, 5th Edition

What to bring

• Day pack with a capacity of at least 30 L lined with a waterproof plastic bag
• Waterproof bushwalking parka
• Warm fleece top
• Sun hat
• Head torch, preferably waterproof to 1 m
• Personal first aid kit with your medications
• Mobile phone to contact the leader
• Sunscreen and lip screen
• 2 litres of water (minimum)
• On track food
• Lunch and snacks
• Cold weather hat (It could be cold and windy)
• Change of dry clothes to come home in.(This can be left in the car)
• Spare large plastic bags to put muddy boots and wet clothing in.
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Proper walking shoes/boots

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.

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Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button below BEFORE 8 pm on the preceding Wednesday.

Activity Date(s)


May 26, 2019 8:45 am


May 26, 2019 5:00 pm







Bruce M