Overview – Werribee Gorge

UPDATE 07-09-2021: The Werribee Gorge Race has been rescheduled to Sunday 12th December 2021. All Werribee Gorge race entries will be transferred to the new date. The next scheduled Trail Running Race will now be at Silvan on Sunday 14th November.

UPDATE 25-8-21: We’re still very confident that the Trail Running Series will able to continue with the 3 remaining races as planned – with the next race at Werribee Gorge on 19 September – however we will only proceed if Melbourne is out of lock down and able to attend. We are continuing to monitor the COVID situation and entrants can take confidence from our refund policy if there are further changes. Thanks for your patience, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon for the escape we all need!

Race 4 of the Trail Running Series 2021 heads to a spectacular new venue, The Werribee Gorge State Park just outside Bacchus Marsh, 1hr drive from Melbourne.

Werribee Gorge is a steep sided river valley with soaring cliffs, bold rocky outcrops and dense Aussie bushland split by the meandering waters of the Werribee River. The steep sided ravine is quite unlike any other race venue and looks more similar to the Gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges in central Australia than a Victorian regional park – we can’t wait to show it to you!

Werribee Gorge is located just off the Western Freeway, a short way past Bacchus March with the race centred at the scenic Meikles Picnic Area on the Werribee River.

When: Sunday 12 December, 2021 – NEW DATE
Where: Werribee Gorge State Park
Start times: For the full race day schedule including start times, click here.

  • Long Course: 14km
  • Medium Course: 9km
  • Short Course: 5.5km

Each course offers a challenging mix of single tracks, gravel double tracks, rock outcrops , wild ascents and descents all whilst you get to enjoy being immersed in nature… the gentle sound of the river flowing, spectacular views, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll spot wallaby’s, koalas, peregrine falcons and more!

It’s easy to see why Werribee Gorge is a very popular day trip from Melbourne. As The Age once said, it might leave you with the impression that “you have somehow ended up in the Northern Territory – such is the palette and grandeur of the landscape.”

It is a lovely example of the regions fauna and flora, quite different to anything you’ll see over to the East such as our Silvan Venue; much drier and scrubbier, and the cliffs are quite striking!


This is a popular day trip from Melbourne and a pleasant place to visit and hang out with your friends and family.

Things to see and do for spectators:

  • There is a a fun trickling river for kids to play (safely) next to, permanent toilets and nearby car parking areas providing good facilities for families.
  • There are a range of short and long walking tracks that start and finish along the Werribee Gorge Trails
  • Check out the Parks Victoria visitor guide for maps and further information
Trail Run Series 2021 Official Event T-Shirt. The first 400 GOLD runners who enter 4 or 5 races in the series receive a free event t-shirt.

Otherwise, hang out at the Event Expo where the finish line is and give everyone a well-deserved cheer as they come through at the end.