Explore the most popular lake trails in Australia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great place to hike, steep in areas, be sure to call up first and book as they lint the number of entrants to the area. It’s a park reserve for protected wildlife, you’ll need a key code to get past the gate.

road biking
2 days ago

I picked road biking because my friend I decided to give the Lake Manchester loop a go with our drop bar cyclocross / gravel bikes. It was our first visit here and we were unsure of what to expect. Certainly all he photos we had seen excited us of the prospect. We set off with the first climb up past the dam wall to find a fantastic view over the lake. The first km or so was rather picturesque and easy then the climbs started.. they usually don’t bother us because we are actually regular mountain bikers.. we did realise before long however that the gearing on our bikes was to high for the climbs.. especially my friends Giant TCX cyclocross bike.. my Trek Checkpoint gravel bike was more suitable but still tough going with the narrower tyres giving less traction than required. Even though we bike a hiked some of the steeper hills the scenery around the lake made it all worthwhile. So in summary if you want to ride this loop an MTB is definitely the best option to climb the hills and probably more fun on the descents. We just thought it worthwhile to let other gravel bike riders know that it is doable on these bikes if you are rolling wider grippier tyres, your gearing is lower and you are relatively fit.

doesn't get much better.

Nice and Peaceful

Fantastic walking trail. Well marked trail.
Stunning views. Worth doing. 16kms in 2hrs 45mins at a fast pace

17 days ago

17 days ago

Great place to spend a few hours. Some wonderful scenery and some challenges along the way

Great walk! The track was easy to follow! Only started the recording once I reached five lake however we walked from Ronny creek around five lake and back it was beautiful even though it was wet, rainy and cold ! Still some snow around too!!

bloody amazing. we did it in winter when it was cheap and had a ripper of a time! deep snow, cold water, it was incredible!

What a journey! Great track for beginners with beautiful views and a rewarding finish!

Relatively easy track up. Views at the top not of lake but rather of the Fassifern Valley. Rocky sections and consider level of comfort of children with rocky tracks with unprotected cliffs.

Amazing. I've trail run and hiked throughout the hills and this is easily one of the most spectacular. I would say it's lightly traffiked and a difficult course though. I ran it in 2 hrs but the average time taken in the sign in book was between 4 and 6 hrs!

A couple of big hills but plenty of bird and animal life to keep you interested plus water views throughout most of the track. Bonus cafe and animal park at the start and finish.

trail running
27 days ago

Great track with varied terrain and loads of wildlife. Kangaroos, swamp wallabies, an echidna and an array of bird life. Nice place to hike bike or trail run, there's a variety of trails that cross over each other so you can choose to complete a longer or shorter walk- the app was actually great here as I'm sure I would have turned down a wrong track at some point without it. Once you're away from the main picnic area it's really quiet. I've marked it down a star because there's a solid 5 kms of the walk that's a bit sparse- you're walking through a eucalyptus plantation so there's no undergrowth, just perfectly semetrical lines of gums. Not a particularly bad thing, I guess I just missed the ferns :) Overall I would still highly reccomend.

Pleasant Sunday stroll

lovely walk lots if kangas .. had to take shoes off to wade through about 600 metres of path thst was totally flooded .. brimey and muddy in.places .. take care

not a lot to see apart from.lookout ..

Beautiful park - fab for bbqs and you can spot a few kangaroos hoping around too!

1 month ago

Views in all directions, easy to do over 2 days. Don’t be fooled by the weather, it’ll be 18 degrees during the day and burn your scalp then drop below 0 at night even in January. Add in Mt Twynam as a side track to make it Australians 3 highest.

hard slog for inexperienced hiker but well worth the effort

good for hiking. nice view

Was a nice hike, did both the walking track and the shared bike/walking track and both were pretty. The creek that you pass half way through the hike was a nice surprise. Would recommend.

1 month ago

Great track for a work out. Not very picturesque. Loved listening to the bellbirds.

1 month ago

Great track, scenic and very relaxing. Loose rocks, so wear proper shoes. Minimal signs, be prepared to get lost, part of the adventure.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great starter track as I took my 15 year old son for his first ride. Lovely area, shop, toilets and well maintained tracks.

Great easy-ish track. Couple of steep bits that can be slippery in wet weather but they are not too difficult. Kids could do this track but keep your eye on them so they don’t fall down a mineshaft.

1 month ago

lovely views in winter!

1 month ago

It was an amazing mini hike with beautiful weather and it was so peaceful. Good for all ages of people within the Paramatta suburb vicinity.

Lovely, dynamic, beautiful

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