Canberra lacks imagination

New Zealand has demonstrated many times that it is capable of building spectacular cycling and walking trails. What is it about Canberra that we are happy to miss out on such beautiful opportunities?

Those that have travelled in New Zealand will see how it is possible make a beautiful landscape accessible to tourists. New Zealand has many great walking and cycling trails. Here is another one: the

Lake Dunstan Trail.

One of the world’s most spectacular bike rides has opened (Traveller, Brook Sabin, accessed 17 June 2021), has a great article about a new trail that has opened up in New Zealand.

“I think I’ve found the closest thing to heaven in New Zealand. I’m in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by soaring cliffs riding the country’s newest cycle trail”

One of the world’s most spectacular bike rides has opened, Traveller, Brook Sabin, accessed 17 June 2021

“I’m on the new Lake Dunstan Trail, a remarkable feat of engineering connecting the Central Otago towns of Cromwell and Clyde. The 55-kilometre trail opened in early May, after years of planning and construction. This is no simple trail; it weaves along the cliffs of the Cromwell Gorge, with the lake on one side and soaring cliffs on the other. At first glance, it looks like building a cycle and walking trail here would be impossible; but engineers were determined to overcome the challenge. And as I’m about to find out, their solution is spectacular.”

One of the world’s most spectacular bike rides has opened, Traveller, Brook Sabin, accessed 17 June 2021

“We continue along the gorge before a familiar feeling hits my brain: is that the smell of caffeine? Then, just around a corner in the middle of nowhere, I come to a complete stop. There are 15 people sitting around enjoying a coffee in front of a floating café.”

One of the world’s most spectacular bike rides has opened, Traveller, Brook Sabin, accessed 17 June 2021

“The next remarkable feature is an 85-metre suspension bridge known as “Hugo Bridge” after the late Hugh Green, whose charitable foundation paid for its construction.”

One of the world’s most spectacular bike rides has opened, Traveller, Brook Sabin, accessed 17 June 2021

Linking trails

There is genius in not just building one great trail, but linking it to another. Having finished one trail, it is possible to start the next. The Otago Rail Trail and the Lake Dunstan Trail – it is worth a shot.

“Does it connect up to the Otago Rail Trail?

Yes, the Otago Rail Trail begins/ends in Clyde – that means you can continue on. You can also connect to the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, which is another spectacular short ride.

The Lake Dunstan Trail is part of a master plan by the Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust to eventually create a 536-kilometre network of trails connecting Queenstown and Wānaka to the existing Great Rides.”

One of the world’s most spectacular bike rides has opened, Traveller, Brook Sabin, accessed 17 June 2021

Imagine, just imagine we in Canberra will build something like this.

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