What makes it special
K Road Cliffs mark the final stretch of the Werribee River’s 110-kilometre journey from Wombat State Forest to Port Phillip Bay. It is here that deep time is made visible.
The river cuts into the terrain, forming steep cliffs. It is the work of eons, with the mineral-rich soil pointing to a distant volcanic past and formerly higher sea levels. The latter slowed the flow of the river, leaving sediment deposits that now appear as deep-red soils, which are characteristic of the area.
The view takes in an important cultural landscape. The floodplain provides habitat for various birds, fish and other animals, as well as edible plants, a reliable site for food and other resources for First Peoples. The You Yangs to the west stand as a signpost across formerly vast grasslands.
K Rd Cliffs is now being managed by Wyndham City Council, and sits adjacent to Werribee Park Golf Course. There are plans to manage public access and recreation, so that this distinctive section of the Weribee River is preserved for ages to come.
Things you can do
- Take a fishing pole and portable chair, and spend the morning by the river edge.
- Bring your binoculars and camera to check out the birdlife variety. Among species spotted here: Nankeen Heron, Eastern Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Little Black Cormorant, three species of Lorikeet and more!
- Go exploring along the cliff top, down escarpment via stairs, or on the other side of the loop from a gate next to the golf club entrance.
- Walk along the dirt trail behind the farms and get a glimpse of the Werribee South food bowl. This path eventually meets with Grahams Wetland.
- Pack a picnic for sunset in summer, as the late afternoon light casts a magical glow over the scenery.
Getting there and around
360 K Rd (Lookout), Werribee South
For a guide to walking tracks, check the Victoria Walks map. The escarpment is steep and can erode; it is inadvisable to step close to the cliff edge.
There are no toilets on location. Visitors are encouraged to take their rubbish with them to keep habitats safe for wildlife.