Mount Clay Lodging
Booligal Country Retreat is a holiday retreat set in Australian bush surroundings with the Mount Clay State Forest and its various sights and activities being immediately accessible from the lodging.
Surrounded by native bush forest in the Mt Clay State Forest can be found an old sawpit with genuine logging equipment from a bygone era when a sawmill was in operation.
At the sawpit are tables for a pleasant afternoon picnic or barbecue. Good walking trails head off from the sawpit in different directions to various sites. One trail leads to a waterhole 2 kilometres away that was used by the indigenous people of the region, the Gunditjmara, as a source of fresh water.
The good walking trails enable visitors that stay at ‘Booligal’ in late spring and summer to readily view the many wildflowers that abound in the large forest. Of particular note are the native orchids. Native fauna is also able to be seen along the walking trails, especially at dawn and dusk, and includes wallabies, possums and gliders. Koalas too may be sighted. For the bird spotter there are various species to identify and rosellas increasingly frequent the sawpit picnic area. In the warmer months butterflies become abundant.
Another walking trail from the sawpit heads to the Whalers Point Lookout, less than 1 kilometre from the sawpit. So named because the lookout was used to spot whales in the Portland Bay in the 19thcentury, the lookout affords wonderful views over Portland Bay and to Lady Julia Percy Island, Australia’s only off-shore volcano.
Portland Bay became a base for the 19thcentury whaling and sealing industries of the region and a prominent figure in the establishment of the whaling and sealing industries at Portland Bay was William Dutton. Dutton was to later acquire 259 hectares (640 acres) at Narrawong and in time was buried at the Narrawong cemetery.
The historic Narrawong cemetery lies not far along the road from ‘Booligal’ into Narrawong and the grave of William Dutton may be recognised in a corner of the cemetery by its obelisk monument within a low fenced enclosure.
Mountain Bike Riding
‘Booligal’ Country Retreat is ideal accommodation if you intend going mountain bike riding in Mount Clay State Forest along the Mt Clay Mountain Bike Trail. While using ‘Booligal’ as a lodging to go mountain bike riding in Mt Clay State Forest you might happen to see native orchids, bush birds or native animals. If you like to stop and photograph the native orchids, bush birds or native animals that you meet then you might consider bush walking in Mt Clay State Forest in addition to mountain bike riding.
The map of the Mt Clay Mountain Bike Trail is available to download. (Please note it is PDF 4.32MB 1 page)