Cycling Otway Ranges, Birregurra Circuit Ride

Cycling Otway Ranges, Road Ride, Birregurra Circuit Ride Birregurra is a progressive town resting on the edge of the Otway Ranges. Set on the side of a hill, the town and its elegant old Christ Church look out over farmland to the forested ranges. The town celebrates the Birregurra Weekend Festival every October. The festival offers local produce including free-range meats and locally grown truffles amongst other morsels. There is an agricultural precinct, pig racing and wood chop competition. This is a pleasant circuit, riding over rolling hills through farmland, across creeks and touching the forest edge. Before you leave town take a ride up Beale Street, which is further up the road, past the park on your right to look at the old churches and views out over the countryside. The town lies on the side of a hill and all the important infrastructure, the churches and the golf course, take the prime viewing areas from the side of the hill. The ride leaves town on the main road to Deans Marsh and the coast and it can have a bit of traffic. It’s not far to the Forrest Road where the farmland is pleasant and scenic as you cross Matthews Creek and climb steadily up the road cutting over a spur and then turning toward the hills. The headwinds might sometimes be a bit fierce here, but there will be a reprieve when you turn east down Division Road. Stop and have some berries at the berry farm when they’re in season and continue on turning to the left along the side of a hill. The views back toward Birregurra through this section are pleasingly pastoral. If it is windy, it’s likely to be well behind you now. The next section is fairly flat as it turns twice to the east and back north again, entering the edge of bushland once more. The road straightens up travelling down hill to the intersection with the Deans Marsh Road. If you have some time take a detour to the right, to Deans Marsh. It’s only about three kilometres on and will bring you to Martians Café, which apart from serving interesting breakfasts, lunches and dinners, often has live music on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons. See www.martianscafe.com.au/whats_on for more details. The Deans Marsh Road is busier that the roads you have been on and there is no shoulder, but it’s open with a clear view of the road. The road climbs up again curving to the right and up to a sheltered crest of cypress pine with views back to the ranges. On the other side it’s down hill again, with the road turning and leveling out, westward back to Birregurra. Stop in the park for a rest before you leave. Terrain Back country rolling bitumen roads passing through pasture and light forest. There are a few steady climbs. Traffic Traffic is very light on these roads with the exception of the Birregurra Deans Marsh Road which might be a bit busier. How to Get There Birregurra is 60 kilometres from Geelong off the Princes Highway (A1) via Winchelsea and before Colac. The ride commences on Birregurra Deans Marsh (Main) Road. Food and Drink There is a milk bar, café and hotel in Birregurra. There is also a berry farm at 16 kilometres. CYCLEMAP https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=17mRyWdGXzLunAbeFCDqIJZtJRt8
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Intermediate (Blue)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hours
Fitness Level: Medium
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 33.9
Elevation Gain (metres): 150
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber

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