Thinking of Bungal State Forest?
Approximately 15 km south of Ballan lies Bungal State Forest; a small strip of wooded land bounded by the eastern branch of the Moorabool River and Bungal Creek. If you’re caravanning around the Ballan area, Bungal State Forest offers a stunning hiking trail, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the local landscape.
In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at 3 facts about Bungal State Forest.
1) It used to be a mining area
During the Australian gold rush, the forest used to be a mining area, so you might stumble across some holes, traces of excavation and even some abandoned pieces of metal during your hike.
For this reason, it’s essential for you to be aware of your surroundings and careful where you tread. The barks of Eucalyptus trees in the area can also be a trip hazard, so if you’re not careful, you could end up breaking an ankle.
2) The climate is very dry
During the warmer season, it’s particularly important to stay hydrated during your hike, as temperatures can reach over 30 degrees celsius. Failing to stay hydrated in the area’s dry climate can be extremely dangerous, so make sure you drink plenty of water to replace any water lost through sweat and avoid dehydration.
The forest does have several streams if you need to fill up your water bottle quickly, but it’s also a good idea to bring along some sugary snacks to give yourself an energy boost.
3) The route is winding
The forest’s winding streams mark the area, but there are several ravines that make the walk particularly challenging. Some areas can be particularly steep, so you may need to slide down on your buttocks in trickier spots.
The climbs in the forest are well marked, and if you can make it to the summit between two of the ravines, you’ll find a great spot to enjoy the view.
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