Explore the most popular paddle sports 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.

poor signage actually no signs except walking trail, some names would benefit everyone

The trail is really good maintained. It’s a lot up and downs. We did it with a 8 year old one in 4,15h. If you take enough to eat and to drink and do it on a whole day it’s a nice track. No bottle refill on the whole track.

it is a great walk marred on slightly by two things; the signage at key points is not good(we did an extra loop) and the section at the dam wall is is very unclear and blocked locked gates. We ended up doing 14.6km instead of 11 which was ok if at little frustrating.

26 days ago

Enjoyed this on my own, easy to navigate. If you start clockwise, just keep turning right. By going clockwise you get the most challenging hills out of the way first. Start early and take lots of water, it gets hot. would do it again.

Saw kangaroos, lizards and cockatoos. The grass trees were magestic.

Great early morning walk on a very hot Brisbane day... a lot was shaded... there are some challenging hills to give you a work out and the views of the reservoir are lovely. Will include in our favourite walking trails.

Hard slog on a mountain bike for the average person , not much to look at , take plenty of water !

road biking
2 months 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.

Lots of up nd downs, sharp climbing, kind of boring as there is not much scenarios. Decent outing. Good signage.

The sign posts follow a different path than this map. I went anti clockwise and found it an amazing hike. Avon river, rapids, climbing, wildflowers, kangaroos and scenic views from the top.

3 months ago

Great walk although the climb in the first part was quite steep but it was well worth it with amazing views at the top. Fantastic wildflowers in September! Great recreational area with BBQs & benches for a picnic after your walk.

3 months ago

Nice hike on a crisp winter morning, lots of kangaroos and bird life. Park gates open at 8am and close at 5pm. $13 entry for a car.

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

Great place to get out and yet still close to the Brisbane city. There are various different walking tracks. We did a 5km walk and it was easy, but still quite nice. Also a popular place to go kayaking & mountain bike riding.

A hard walk carrying a full (20kg) pack. Stayed overnight halfway. A picturesque camp site with a stream not far away. Hills were pretty steep. Would recommend the walk.

trail running
5 months ago

Love this place!!!!

Love the trail. Highs & lows. Just love being within the natures 

Great walk. Takes about 2.5 hours. We followed the signs for the trail and it differs a bit from this map.

Easy track to follow and has a good mix of steep and moderate hills. The surrounding bushland is peaceful.

Pretty easy and nice track. Very quite place.

Easy and beautiful

6 months ago

It’s good for training with its moderate constant ups & downs, does get the heart rate up. Not so good if you got a bad knee as the dry condition makes it slippery going down hills.
Not a scenic route as you won’t see the lake often on the loop.
Can get quite hot as it’s not shady.
Overall, beautiful lake.

Did a few laps out here the other weekend and incorporatted running up to South Boundary. Started from the end of Payne Road and ran anticlockwise to the dam wall then back again twice. Watch for the gnarly hill midway through the lap anticlockwise as it's a pinch from hell. Loved it! Lots of water in the back section so make sure you have good shoes that drain quickly and don't limit yourself to just this loop...make it bigger and better by heading up McDonalds Loop or South Boundary. Top spot

7 months ago

We did the entire loop, it was a nice walk with a great shaded creek bed half way, which was prefect for a break.
The loop wasn’t complete at the end, we had to walk 700m on the side of the road to connect back up to the discovery centre.

A couple of steep sections - quite pretty in some places

Some tough climbs but nothing to hard. Muddy after the wet in places. Anticlockwise better than clockwise.

trail running
8 months ago

Love this place !! Such a great run. The thought of cooling off in the dam afterwards always makes me pick my pace up !

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