Secret Forest Walks

 
 

Bullarto Walk 3

Length: 11km

Time: Allow 3 hours walking time

Terrain: Mainly flat to moderate slopes, plus a steep hill ascent/decent

Direction of travel: Clockwise

Telstra: Poor/no reception in the lower parts of the walk. Good reception on hilltop.

Notes: The Bullarto Walk is a varied and fulfilling walk. The walk takes in some supremely lush, green forest with a tall tree canopy, grasses, ferns and also some tree ferns (my favourites) lining the Kangaroo Creek. There are some lovely and secluded grassy picnic spots beside the creek. Keep a look out for a huge wombat hole and some remarkable eucalypts. Midway is the Bullarto Reservoir, a small, peaceful and little known body of water nestled in the forest, and is deal for a relaxing picnic. It is usually deserted, so itís a bit like having your own private lake. As most of the walk is in Bullarto Reservoir catchment, the environment is exceptionally well preserved. Next point after the reservoir is Babbington Hill. Itís a steep walk to the summit, but the panoramic views to Mt Macedon, Cobaw Ranges and Mt Franklin are inspiring. The hill is inhabited by Koala and the tall eucalypts and neat native grasses help to create a park like environment. And yes, itís another great picnic location. The descent takes you through tall stands of Manna gum with additional eastern views. The return to your car is through grassy, mature forest and includes the biggest tree in the Wombat forest that I have seen in my many years of exploring. The Bullarto Walk will fill you with a sense of wonder and harmony.

Grading: Hard