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The You Yangs ridge description and photos - Australia: Geelong. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. Title in English - The You Yangs.
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The Yu Yangs Ridge is a series of granite ridges that rise 364 meters above the Verribie Plain, 22 km from Geelong. The main ridge stretches from north to south for 9 km. Most of the southern spurs of the ridge are part of the U-Youngs Regional Park. The popular belief that the Yu-Youngs are the remains of a volcano is not true. In fact, the ridge is solidified magma that erupted from the earth about 365 million years ago.
About 200 species of birds live on the territory of the ridges - various types of honeymooners, kookaburras, white-winged larks, crested titmouses, purple parrots and others. Among the animals can be found mountain kangaroos, flying squirrels, possums and koalas. There is a research center in the nearby Serendip Nature Reserve, which is engaged in the cultivation of endangered species of wildlife in Victoria, such as the Australian bustard.
Despite its low height - only 364 meters - the ridge is the dominant part of the landscape and is perfectly visible from both Geelong and Melbourne, located a little further. The hills north of the U Youngs are the testing ground for the Australian division of the Ford plant.
The attraction of the ridge is the geoglyph - a giant ground drawing, built by Australian artist Andrew Rogers in recognition of the aborigines who lived in these places. The figure depicts Banjil - a mythical creature from the beliefs of the Votarong Aborigines. The wingspan of Banjil is 100 meters. To create this drawing, the artist took 1,500 tons of stones.
The very name of the Yu-Yangs ridge comes from the aboriginal phrase "Wurdi Yang" or "Yude Yang", which means "a large mountain in the center of the plain." The aborigines used the holes in the stones as a kind of wells to collect water. The first European to see the U-Youngs was explorer Matthew Flinders, who climbed the highest peak of the ridge in 1802. He named it Station Peak, but in 1912 the name was changed to Flinders Peak in his honor.
The U-Youngs have always attracted artists, but they had a particular influence on the work of one of Australia's greatest painters - Fred Williams. He spent many years traveling to these places to capture the Yu-Youngs. Today these paintings are considered classics of Australian art.
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