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Railton to Sheffield Rail Trail

Tasmania - north

Location: Northern Tasmania near the Great Western Tiers and Mount Roland, 259km from Hobart
Length: 12 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Railton to Sheffield
Public Transport: None
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

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


Why visit the Railton to Sheffield Rail Trail?

  • 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


  • Railton Topiaries
  • Sheffield Murals
  • Sheffield Heritage Railway
  • Sheffield Heritage Museum

Trail Guide

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.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Tommeginne people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built

Rail line history

The Sheffield to Railton railway was opened on 6 November, 1914. Today there is one kilometre of track left and the Society operates steam train rides on the first weekend of every month from the original Sheffield railway station. The short journey is run on the Saturday and Sunday between 11.00 am – 4.00 pm. The train runs every half hour. The Society also celebrates steam power with the annual Steamfest which is held in March.



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