Visit the Beautifully Preserved Historic Town of Clyde

Clyde is described as a ‘beautifully preserved historic town’ and we agreed it really is. This township is idea for walking around, researching history and admiring the views. And in case you get hungry, you have plenty of cafes to choose from.

One of many beautiful roses in Clyde
One of many beautiful roses in Clyde

Clyde’s Historic Precinct

Clyde was originally called Dunstan by an English surveyor John Turnbull. Similar to other Otago towns, Dunstan was also a gold-mining town.

Promote Dunstan have put together a ‘Walk Around Historic Clyde’ brochure. It highlights the older buildings as well as their history. It’s well-worth reading and walking through the township to get to know the area.

One of many stone fences in Clyde
One of many stone fences in Clyde

Clyde’s ‘Foot Prints in Time’

As you walk around the township you’ll see the ‘Foot Prints in Time’. The pavements display bronze plaques commemorating residents who have contributed to the town. It was great fun walking up and down the street reading each plaque. It’s a good way of learning the town’s history.

Footprints in Time - Dr Charles Morice
Footprints in Time – Dr Charles Morice
Dr Morice's Home and Hospital
Dr Morice’s Home and Hospital

Holloway Street Reserve, Clyde

Located at the Northern end of the historic precinct, the reserve is home to a memorial. The miners’ memorial commemorates the gold miners who lost their lives in the 1800s. Additionally, the reserve is also an excellent location for a picnic and within walking distance to the lookout.

Miners' Memorial at Holloway Street Reserve
Miners’ Memorial at Holloway Street Reserve

Clyde Dam & Lake Dunstan

The Dam has an interesting history. It has also been called ‘the single most monstrous environmental sin over the last 30 years’.

Clyde Dam
Clyde Dam

We spent a pleasant couple of hours at the West Clyde Dam Boat Ramp by the lake relaxing. It was very peaceful, quiet and had some great views. For those who travel in motor homes, caravans or buses there’s a park-up area near the boat ramp – it was very busy.

View from the West Clyde Dam Boat Ramp
View from the West Clyde Dam Boat Ramp

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