You Yangs region tourism

The You Yangs and the surrounding area is an important tourism and recreational precinct with a large number of international and local people visiting daily.

Ideally located within close proximity to Melbourne and both Avalon and Tullamarine airports, Lara and Little River railway stations and less than an hour's drive from Melbourne.

There are a number of attractions and facilities in the region already and more opportunities are available to new businesses.   

The granite peaks of the You Yangs dominate the skyline of Geelong and the region,  and the diverse landscapes  extend from the Brisbane Ranges and across the volcanic plains.  This area is also a popular location for local and overseas filming.   

The whole area is very popular for a wide range of recreational activities - bushwalking, mountain bike riding, horse riding, rock climbing, orienteering, camping, photography and touring.   An ideal family outing!

The You Yangs Regional Park, Brisbane Ranges National Park,  Serendip Sanctuary, Mt Rothwell, the nearby Werribee Wetlands, as well as private land in the region are home to a large variety of iconic Australian native wildlife - all within about one hour of Melbourne.  



Since a meeting on Wednesday 29 June 2016 where more than 120 people met in the Lara Community Centre to discuss tourism for the Lara, Little River, Anakie and Avalon areas - a lot of progress has been made.


UPDATE 16 MAY 2017

Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine held an information session in Lara for local tourism related businesses.

Deputy Executive Director Brett Ince updated us on the new regional tourism strategy with plans underway to promote the You Yangs Region.   They are a membership based organisation and wish to work closely to help promote local businesses.  

New signage will be installed soon in 3 locations in Lara with plans for other towns in the area later.  

Di Nelson, TGGB Business Development Manager explained some of the marketing opportunities provided with membership and invited businesses to contact her to discuss - please call her on 5244 7109 or email