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.

Very long hike. not much to take pictures of but will definitely push you if you do the whole thing. took me about almost 4 hrs. a lot of hilly parts if you start left of the dam. saw a couple of monitor lizards and there were plenty of birds to hear

excellent hike, start early and carry water

Great walk.

If you go clockwise it can get confusing at proximity of dam wall.
But still best way to go.
Some steep hills.,but a enjoyable trail.

Unfortunately my girlfriend and I weren’t able to get to the trail head until 1500, and so we decided to hike just to Blue Gum campground, eat, and turn around. There are some great views of the lake and even in the heat of the afternoon, there was plenty of breeze. The trail is very well defined, of what we walked of it, with visible markers at intersections with other trails.

There’s also a newly cut path which runs along the bank of the lake and reconnect to the trail along a firebreak about an hour into the hike. The views are nice but this trail is cut at quite an angle. Personally I wouldn’t bother with this.

Blue Gum campground is quite spacious, with a portable toilet and reasonable proximity to the lake. I wouldn’t mind doing an overnighter there.

In all I enjoyed the hike and am very much looking to doing the full loop when we can get there in the AM. Made it back to the car just as the sun set.

Good practice track with some steep hills and varied conditions. Google maps shows multiple tracks in some places where only the fire trails exist. Extend the walk by taking some of the fire trails

Kirralee footpath loop

Not overly well signed but if you go clockwise there is probably less chance of doing extra km's due to wrong turns. Great to cool off in the reservoir after.

I'm a local and both walk and horse ride this trail often. It's challenging and beautiful. The lake is lovely and the bushland is peaceful. Enjoy!

It gets weird at the dam wall but otherwise a very nice walk. You have to go into The Gaps' back streets. The walkabout info centre has a paper with directions you can have.

nice easy walk

A great walk with lots of shade but I don't see how it's a loop. We got all the way around to the dam and were stuck. We ended up body crawling under a fence to get to another pathway. If someone knows what we missed, please do add it here!

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.

hiking
4 months 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
6 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.

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.

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.

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.

hiking
7 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.

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