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Melba Flats to Zeehan Rail Trail - Trail Description



Melba Flats to Zeehan Rail Trail

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Type: Tramway trail
Location: Zeehan Area, 296km from Hobart
Start/end: Melba Flats to Zeehan
Status: Open
Length open: 9km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Hilly
Best seasons: Dry
Contact Region: Western Tasmania
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes



NOTE:  This trail is closed due to the major degradation to this track. The good news is that Parks & Wildlife have received funding to restore this trail and I am in the early stages of the project preparation at late 2017


Two different railways ran parallel between Zeehan and Melba Flats. One was the 2 foot gauge government-owned North East Dundas Tramway which continued to Williamsford (see page 16); the other was the 3ft 6in gauge railway to Burnie on the north coast, operated by the Emu Bay Railway Company. Today, the easements of these lines form an excellent walking and mountain bike trail which passes through open grasslands. Wildflowers are abundant in summer.

Description and map were as inspected in 2003 - Present condition unknown but undertand in 2010 parts were overgrown and impassible.


For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Tasmania.


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May 2011

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