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.
Backcountry rolling bitumen roads passing through pasture and light forest. There are a few steady climbs.
Traffic is very light on these roads with the exception of the Birregurra Deans Marsh Road which might be a bit busier.
Birregurra is 60 kilometers 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 kilometers.
From the Bushes Lane - Deans Marsh Road intersection it is under four kilometers to Deans Marsh.
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 traveling downhill 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 kilometers 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 than 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 downhill again, with the road turning and leveling out, westward back to Birregurra. Stop in the park for a rest before you leave.
- 0.0 The ride commences across the road from the post office and newsagent who provides tourist information.
- 1.4 Turn right onto Forrest Rd.
- 4.9 You cross over Matthews Creek and the road climbs steadily up and over a crest.
- 12.3 Coming down the other side turn left at Division Rd toward Murroon.
- 16.1 Here is the turn off to the Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm and B&B.
- 17.1 The winery on the right is open in January.
- 19.5 You might like to stop at the Pennyroyal Public Hall where there are toilets and water.
- 20.6 Head around to the left on Bushes Ln.
- 22.5 Turn left at the intersection with the Deans Marsh Rd.
- 25.2 The road takes a wide curve around to the right heading back to Birregurra.
- 31.5 You cross over the Cape Otway Rd intersection.
- 33.9 The ride returns back into Birregurra and finishes at the post office.
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