29juneflyerOn Wednesday 29 June 2016 more than 120 people attended a public meeting in the Lara Community Centre to discuss tourism for the Lara, Little River, Anakie and Avalon areas.

Thank you to all those who attended and took an active part in these special discussions.  

Following all the enthusiam there is now a new website dedicated to all aspects of TOURISM in the wider region -  

It is a work in progress so: 

  • PLEASE have a look, have your say, ask questions and find out more about these areas.
  • And please send in your photos of the whole region too.  
  • Tell us about YOUR business in the region and how it can benefit recreation and tourism.  We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas.

 

The Facebook photo competition was a success with about 100 photos entered - the winners were announced at the meeting.   Thanks to our sponsors and our judge. Congratulations to the winners and thank you everyone who entered.

 

It is not NEW to talk about this region and tourism  -  it was mentioned first in 1879:


"You Yangs as a Tourist Attraction"

from City of Greater Geelong - Lara Heritage Review, Draft Document, Thematic Environmental History, Volume 2 -  February 2013 

Since the beginnings of European settlement in Victoria, the You Yangs has provided interest due to its natural geological formation and the uninterrupted picturesque views gained from Flinders Peak.

The You Yangs have been a focal point for tourists since the 19th century. In 1879, the Illustrated Australian News gave the following on the potential of the You Yangs as a holiday resort:

Station Peak, You Yangs

To all lovers of truly wild nature and enjoyers of a good scramble, we recommend this route to enjoy a holiday. The You Yangs are a group of thickly‐wooded volcanic hills between Melbourne and Geelong, about two miles from Little River station, from which township an excellent road runs into the town common at their foot, and such a town common as for picturesque beauty and singularity has not its equal in the colony, perhaps not in the world. …

The highest peak of this group is Station Peak; its height is about 1600 feet, and it is crowned by the wooden erection used by the geodetic survey. It is a favorite [sic.] resort of picnic parties from Geelong, and occasionally, Melbourne …

The only wonder is that the easy distance from Melbourne of the You Yangs has not made them a more popular resort for pleasure‐seekers and sportsmen.

The advent of the motor car in the early 20th century gave greater accessibility to the You Yangs to a larger number of the population. One group of visitors to come by car in 1916 was J.H. Bishop with his father and uncle. In 1925, there was a proposal to ‘beautify’ the drive to the You Yangs for tourists.

It was reported in the Werribee Shire Banner:

With a view to beautifying the drive and surroundings to the “saddle” of the You Yangs, a committee consisting of members of the various councils interested and other bodies has been formed. If £200 is raised in Geelong the Government Tourists Committee will make a donation of £200 towards the scheme, and the work will be started. Geelong has yet to raise £70 by the end of the week to reach its quota.

Climbing to the top of Flinders Park and enjoying the native game sanctuary at the foot of the You Yangs were particular tourist attractions. The Holmes family, for example, enjoyed such an experience in c.1925.