In total, the Lake Dunstan Trail is 55km long with a vertical ascent of 580m. It takes between 4 to 5 hours to complete (one way). The trail includes some remote and rugged terrain, with long climbs, and exposed, narrow sections of track.
Sections of the Lake Dunstan Trail are remote and challenging.
The 25km section between Clyde Dam and Cornish Point is particularly remote with no alternate route or road access. There is no fresh water available here to refill bottles. The trail is exposed to the elements and there is no shelter in bad weather or shade from the sun in the summer. Cell phone coverage through this section is intermittent.
So, you must carry everything you need to be self-sufficient during your ride and always wear a good quality helmet.
Consider carefully if you have both the fitness and experience to ride the trail safely. Ensure your bike is mechanically sound and that E-bike batteries are fully charged and have the range to complete the trail... otherwise it could be a long walk home!
Lake Dunstan Trail Elevation Profile (Blue - Grade 3 | Green - Grade 2)
If you’re not confident that you have the skill or fitness to complete the more difficult sections of the Lake Dunstan Trail, its recommended that you remain on the easier grade 1 and grade 2 sections between Smiths Way near Pisa Moorings and Cornish Point. Along these parts of the trail there’s easy access to a variety of great cafes, restaurants, and wineries, as well as idyllic picnic spots for a safe and relaxing day out.