Want to ride quiet country roads, along gentle railway service tracks and well-worn paths through attractive bushland? The 13km (one-way) Bullabul track from Inglewood to Bridgewater is for you!
The track takes in a variety of environments from the riverine community of the Loddon River, through rural farmland, bushland reserve, and the ephemeral Bullabul Creek.
The farmland displays a different character depending on the time of year, varying between lush green fields through fallow paddocks to dry crops or pasture in summer.
The route provides changes in vegetation and the birds and animals living in each environment. Along the river and creek, you may see galahs and cockatoos, ducks, egrets, or rosellas. Farmland is more likely to attract magpies, ravens, or hawks while the bushland may bring tree creepers, honeyeaters, pardalotes, or robins. At the Inglewood end, you will see stands of Mallee trees and tall Yellow gums.
The Bullabul track provides flat and good quality roads, perfect for a gentle ride at a leisurely pace.
The track starts at the town hall in Inglewood, winds through the historic Morning Star Mine and ends in the pleasant surrounds of the Loddon River at Bridgewater. Midway is a picturesque old timber bridge over the Bullabul Creek. The Bullabul rises in foothills north of Dunolly and joins the Loddon River downstream of the basalt bar at Bridgewater. Both Bridgewater and Inglewood are attractive towns with rich histories, interesting architecture and a warm country feel about them.
The distance of the trail is approximately 13 km one way so if you have not arranged to be picked up at the other end you will need to be prepared to complete the return journey over 26 km.
A mountain bike is the ideal way to enjoy this trail.
Food and Drink
Food and drink stops are available in Inglewood and at Bridgewater, but not along the trail itself.
Toilets are available at Bridgewater and Inglewood.
Beginning at Inglewood Town Hall, the track runs a short line on Verdon Street, turns left to Austin Street, and heads onto Reef Street. Keep following Reef Street until you reach Weeah Street. At the Inglewood Golf Course, take a right turn onto Ryan Road. You will face a big curve before turning left to Jennings Road. Then make a left turn onto Bailie Road. Keep pedaling for a while and turn right to approach Sloans Road. Turn left onto Sloans Road, go straight and turn left to Bullabul Creek Road. Turn right onto Pondage Road, watch out for a sharp curve. You may end your ride at the surrounding of Bridgewater or make a loop as going back.
If possible, take time to explore both towns of Inglewood and Bridgewater to learn about the history and enjoy the attractions of the area.
Along this trail you may encounter snakes, insects, fallen tree limbs, large rocks, wire, and glass.
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