Vision for the future of the You Yangs released

Thursday 10 February, 2022

A plan for the future of conservation, cultural heritage and recreation in the You Yangs Regional Park and Serendip Sanctuary has been released.

Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today released the You Yangs Precinct Masterplan, following a second phase of consultation which saw almost 500 submissions.

The You Yangs is a rich cultural landscape with a history dating more than 30,000 years and the Master Plan sets out the future for this important area, which sits between growing greater Geelong and Melbourne. It will ensure ongoing protection of the environment and provide for sustainable recreation and nature-based tourism.

Recommendations align with aspirations and strategic plans of the Wadawurrung people, Traditional Owners of the land, for future joint management of the park.

More immediately, opportunities for cultural education, cultural trails and visitor information are proposed.

Serendip Sanctuary will continue to be available to be used for wildlife conservation and breeding programs delivered in partnership with other organisations, along with upgrades to visitor facilities for schools and groups.


Two young children put feed in to a trough to feed emus at Serendip Sanctuary

Serendip Sanctuary is a popular place to see native wildlife and an important centre for endangered species breeding programs. Credit: Parks Victoria

The popularity of the You Yangs Regional Park as a mountain-biking destination has been reflected in a recommendation to create a mountain-biking hub with improved facilities, as well as a kiosk and storage rooms that could be used for events.

Beyond bike riding, the park is well used for bushwalking, trail-running, sightseeing, picnicking, rock-climbing and abseiling, horse riding, on-leash dog-walking, and social events.

A young boy riding his bike in the Stockyards mountain bike area with his father and sister watching

You Yangs Regional Park is very popular with mountainbikers and the new Masterplan proposes upgrades to make the experience even better. Credit: Parks Victoria

The master plan recommends upgrading the visitor information centre, carparks, picnic and BBQ areas, and existing tracks and trails to support this.

The You Yangs Precinct Master Plan and an engagement summary report are now available on the Engage Victoria website.




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