Discover for yourself why the Lake Dunstan Trail became an instant hit when it opened in 2021.
Cromwell’s lakeside heritage precinct is the perfect place to set off on this Great Ride (41km / 5–8 hours / grade 2–3, easy to intermediate), but not before you’ve had an espresso, soaked up the bygone vibe, and snapped a selfie next to the Clydesdale horse statue.
At Bannockburn inlet, do consider a refreshing dip before winding around to Carrick Winery where you may well get lured in by a tasting or perhaps a proper lunch on their lovely lawn.
It’s popular, so book ahead for the restaurant, although the more casual Pedal and Pour Pizza and Wine Trailer in the garden doesn't require bookings.
There are yet more refreshments on offer at Coffee Afloat, around the trail’s halfway point, but we’re inclined to push on to the tops so we can soak up the views while we snack.
The hilly bits almost done, the Lake Dunstan Trail flattens as it approaches the Clyde Dam and the township where we recommend Paulina’s Bar for a post-ride pint and chips.
Super-size your ride: We completed a memorable loop by starting in Clyde and meeting the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn via the Hawksburn Road, a mostly gravel route skirting the Cairnmuir Range with a real ‘back of beyond’ feel and terrific views. It’ll add another 2–4 hours and several steep climbs but you can cut out the meanest one asking a local to shuttle you up to the deer fence near Clyde.