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Kaoota Tramway Track

Tasmania - South east

Location: Kaoota, 28 km SW of Hobart.
Length: 0 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Kaoota Rd. to Lawless Rd.
Public Transport: None
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Horse RidingHorse Riding
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway

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

Then progress around Perrins Ridge and across Platypus Creek Bridge

The trail then goes 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.

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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.

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