road biking
25 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

good workout and enjoyed the changing landscape.

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
3 months ago

Love this place!!!!

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

walking
5 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.

horseback riding
11 months ago

great ride but very steep in places recommend shod horse

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A few steep inclines but great walk.

1 month ago

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017