Walking & Hiking Around Cromwell

The Cromwell District's physical make-up and climate make it especially suitable for getting out and about by either walking or mountain biking. Information on good areas for walking in Cromwell is available from the Cromwell Information Centre, or do not hesitate to ask any shop assistants in The Mall. A comprehensive ‘Walk Cromwell’ brochure is also available from the Information Centre.

Cromwell has a lot of walking and tramping opportunities available. Your planning should include consideration of land ownership, personal needs, rubbish disposal, fire season, and gates and stock. Please visit the Cromwell Information Centre and get all the up-to-date information before you set off into the countryside.

Examples of local walks are:

Cromwell to Lowburn lakeshore walk

Cromwell to Lowburn lakeshore  walkCromwell to Lowburn
lakeshore walk

Start at Old Cromwell and walk to and under the Deadman’s Point bridge across Sate highway 8B. Continue on northwards following the lakeshore, past McNulty Inlet, to Lowburn and hence to Pisa Moorings. Cross over the new pedestrian bridge at Perriam Cove.

Sugarloaf Terrace track

Sugarloaf Terrace trackSugarloaf Terrace track

Park at Clark Road and walk up to the top of the Sugarloaf Terrace via an existing 4WD track. You will see evidence of gold diggings as you go upwards past a proposed site for a water reservoir for Pisa Moorings. Take in the magnificent view at the top of the terrace, follow the yellow ROW markers, skirting the Dendy cherry orchard, and head southwards towards Lowburn. You will pass more gold diggings and eventually arrive at Lowburn Inlet on Lowburn Valley Road.

45º South Monument

45º South Monument45º South Monument

This monument is located on State highway 6 and a local service group has constructed a walk track to the top of the Sugarloaf Terrace, to link with the Sugarloaf Terrace track.

Cromwell to Bannockburn lakeshore walk

Cromwell to Bannockburn lakeshore walkCromwell to Bannockburn lakeshore walk

Start at the southern end of the Council oxidation ponds via Richards Beach Road. Alternately start at the Pearson Road end. This track takes you close to the Kawarau Arm of the lake and past various residential subdivisions. Across the other side you have great views of vineyards and olive orchards.

Bannockburn to Goldfields

Bannockburn to GoldfieldsBannockburn to Goldfields

Linking with the Cromwell to Bannockburn track, this track starts at the car park on Pearsons Road and extends under the Bannockburn Bridge (see the earthquake prevention devices), and along the Kawarau Arm. This stretch of walkway exhibits a variety of methods of how gold was won in the past and there are some very impressive herringbone tailings to view. But, please keep to the track and do not disturb any of the protected tailings. The walk passes residential areas, orchards, historic sites, pump stations and finally ends up at the ‘Stagger inn’ car park area accessible from State highway 6 at the entranceway to the Kawarau Gorge.

Old Reservoir

Starts at Jackson Lookout on State highway 8 and walk up a steep track to Cromwell’s original water reservoir.  Continue on to Firewood Creek and back via State highway 8 to the car park at Jackson Lookout.

Bendigo Goldfields

Bendigo GoldfieldsBendigo Goldfields

Refer to DOC information kiosk at base of hill along Bendigo Loop Road for the many options available here.

Bannockburn Sluicings & Stewart Town

Bannockburn Sluicings & Stewart TownBannockburn Sluicings & Stewart Town

Start at Felton Road car park and information kiosk. If required, a guided walk is available – check with the Information Centre.

Carrick Goldfields

Carrick Goldfields Carrick Goldfields

Start at Quartzville and walk to Carricktown and the Young Australian water-wheel. Check with Information Centre for conditions on the day.

The Cairnmuir Hill Track

The Cairnmuir Hill TrackThe Cairnmuir Hill Track

From Bannockburn to Clyde - obtain the Walk Cromwell brochure from the Information Centre before starting this tramp. Car park is available at the start of the track on Cairnmuir Road. The Cairnmuir Slide is past on this track so ensure you leave ample viewing time for the trip.

Roaring Meg & Lowburn Pack Tracks

Roaring Meg & Lowburn Pack TracksRoaring Meg & Lowburn Pack Tracks

Check with the Cromwell Information Centre before planning these tramps.