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Listed: 17 July 2024, 4:32 AM

Carricktown Cycling Trail

The Carricktown Trail takes you high on to the Carrick Range behind Bannockburn and into another time

Distance: 30 km Grade 3-4 Advanced/ Expert mountain biker

Carricktown Trail is an awe inspiring adrenalin-pumping Central Otago bike ride high on the Carrick Range. This trail takes you behind Bannockburn and into another

time – the site of another gold town from the 19th century. Unlike some, this area was never very rich with gold but still hundreds once flocked to seek their fortune here.

Take a moment to explore the few remains that still exist; stone ruins, a stamper battery, dams and rock walls and expect to be inspired by the magnificent views over Cromwell and the Upper Clutha Valley.

Starting at the Bannockburn Township, ride up the Bannockburn Road away from the lake approximately 2km before turning right on to Schoolhouse Road. Follow this road then turn a sharp right onto Quartzville Road.

The entrance to the Carricktown Trail begins at the sign-posted gateway on your left. This 4WD gravel track climbs very steeply to the Young Australian water wheel where you can take a detour to view this relic of Central Otago’s goldmining history – it’s well worth a ride down the 1km track.