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Kaoota Tramway Track - Trail Description



Kaoota Tramway Track

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Type: Tramway trail
Location: Kaoota, 28 km SW of Hobart.
Start/end: Kaoota Rd. to Lawless Rd.
Status: Open
Length open: 0km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Gently sloping
Best seasons: Dry Seasons
Contact Region: Southern Tasmania
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for horse riding



This tramway trail follows part of the route of the historic Kaoota Tramway. Start near 186 Kaoota Rd between Kaoota and Allens Rivulet and follow the trail through the dense forest of The Gorge, around Perrins Ridge, accross Platypus Creek Bridge, over Perrins SAddle to the end of Lawless Rd which takes you to Margate via  Nierinna Rd.

Due to the abundance of native wildlife, dogs are prohibited on this Rail Trail.

Background Information

The Kaoota Tramway, built in 1906, two-foot guage and 20 kms long, transported coal from the mine at Kaoota to the wharf at Margate. When coal mining ceased the tramway was put to use for moving logs, fruit and passengers.

In 1992 the line was dismantled after fire destroyed some bridges.


More infomration can be found here (2.5 MB PDF).

June 2011

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