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Railton to Sheffield Rail Trail - Trail Description



Railton to Sheffield Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Northern Tasmania near the Great Western Tiers and Mount Roland, 259km from Hobart
Start/end: Railton to Sheffield
Status: Open
Length open: 12km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Hilly
Best seasons: Dry
Contact Region: Northern Tasmania
Start of the trail at Sheffield (Nov 2012)
Start of the trail at Sheffield (Nov 2012)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes



  • This trail traverses a variety of countryside in a very picturesque part of Northern Tasmania. 
  • The trail is mainly off road following the old railway corridor except for a short section at the Railton end.
  • It can be ridden on hybrid bikes equipped with wider tyres, taking care as you go,
  • The trail features some good cuttings and embankments,
  • Ride the tourist steam train at Sheffield on the first Sunday of each month,
  • See the famous murals at Sheffield, and the Topiaries at Railton


Access Points

  • Sheffield 200m up Johnson St on Railton edge of town

  • Railton - Railton Rd approx 100m from the Railton to Sheffield intersection

The Railton to Sheffield Rail Trail is part of the long distance ‘Tasmanian Trail’ which runs the full length of the state from north to south – 480km from Devonport to Dover. Establishing a trail over this distance requires many private properties to be crossed, so be sure to leave gates as you find them.

The rail trail traverses a variety of landscapes and there are very pretty views of Mount Roland as you get closer to Sheffield. It makes a good ride on mountain bikes, about one hour each way, or a longer day walk. The trail mainly follows part of the route of the former branch line from Railton to Roland, which operated between 1914 and 1957.

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


The Tasmanian Trail

November 2012

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