Lake Manchester  LbNA # 16833 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 26 2005
CountyOther International
LocationBrisbane Qld Australia, INT
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Lake Manchester is built on Cabbage Tree Creek not far above its confluence with the Brisbane River. Construction of the Lake Manchester Dam commenced in 1912 and was competed in 1916. It was originally called Cabbage Tree Creek Dam. It was renamed in December 1916 when the new dam was named after Mr E.J. Manchester, president of the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

In 1913 a water reserve was proclaimed restricting access to the Lake Manchester Catchment Area. This prevented the grazing of animals and the felling of trees. This restriction was observed, except for a time in the 1930s, when limited logging took place.

When Lake Manchester was constructed a sawmill was established to process the felled timber. A house was built for the Supervisor, Edwin Corlass, and this later became the caretaker’s home. A postal receiving office was established at the Cabbage Tree Reserve at the Lake Manchester Construction site between 1913 and 1916. In 1999 Lake Manchester became part of the Brisbane City Council area.

The Lake Manchester catchment is one of the last remaining pockets where the endangered plant Native Jute (Corchorus cunninghamii) can still be found.

Access to the lake is resticted to boating however people are free to access the full perimeter of the lake by foot, mountain bike or horse (horse riding by permit only).

There is a network of forestry roads throughout the Brisbane Forest Park for horse riding and all-terrain cycling. A leisurely ride through the park on horseback or by bicycle is a great way to experience the wonders of the bush.

Please contact Brisbane Forest Park by telephone about using the trails and obtaining permits. You must have a permit to ride a horse in the park. The permit is free.

Park Headquarters
60 Mt Nebo Road
The Gap
Queensland 4061
Phone: ( 07 ) 3300 4855
Fax: ( 07 ) 3300 5347

Lake Manchester is accessible from Kholo Road, off the Warrego Highway. From the highway, head east on Kholo Road for 11.5kms, and you will reach a T intersection. Directly in front of you will be a 'step-through' for horses, with several very large rocks on either side (see photo).

Hikers and bikers can park here, or follow the directions for horse riders and continue on. Horse riders (with horse in float) can turn left at this intersection and continue on for another 2.5kms (past the official entry to the Lake Manchester park). You will then see a set of stock yards on your right, and you are able to park here and unload your horse/s. Water is available at a large fire hose on the flat ground.

After saddling up, ride back along the road you came on and return to the 'T' intersection where the step-through is (see photo). Turn left through the step-through, and continue up the dirt track. Hikers and bikers will also travel up this track.

After approximately 1km, the track splits briefly and rejoins itself. In the middle of this split is a large bush. From where the track rejoins itself on the far side of the bush, you will travel another 400 metres. Look for a barb-wire-scarred tree on the left side of the track along the fenceline. From this tree, and staying on the track, count 50 paces. You will be travelling up a slight incline.

Look to the right of the track, and find a knee-high hollow tree stump. Your letterbox is hidden under a little debris in this tree stump. Please rehide the letterbox carefully after you stamp the logbook.

To enjoy your ride (or walk) around Lake Manchester, keep heading up the track, and take all the left-hand forks you come across. You will ride completely around the lake, and return to your parking place near the stock yards. The total distance is about 20kms.

Enjoy your time at Lake Manchester.