Loddon Shire, Bullabul Track, Mountain Bike
The Bullabul track from Inglewood to Bridgewater follows quiet country roads, railway service tracks and well-worn paths through attractive bushland.
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 over 26 km. A mountain bike is the ideal way to enjoy this trail.
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. Mid way 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.
Flat and good quality roads with excellent facilities. Nonetheless, you may encounter snakes, insects, fallen tree limbs, large rocks, wire and glass.
Since the trail starts from Inglewood Town Hall, it is easily to access the trail.
Food and Drink
Not much stops are provided along the trail; and temperature can be very high in summer, be sure to carry your bottle. Note that toilets are available at Bridgewater and Inglewood but not en route.
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.
Beginning at Inglewood Town Hall, the track runs a short line on Verdon Street, turns left to Austin Street, and head 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 to learn about the history and enjoy the attractions of the area. Good quality trails with excellent facilities may be found in both towns and offer an ideal way to experience them.
Notice the 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, honey eaters, pardalotes, or robins. At the Inglewood end, you will see stands of Mallee trees and tall Yellow gums.
The farmland will display a different character depending on the time of year, varying between lush green fields through fallow paddocks to dry crops or pasture in summer.
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