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Wielangta Tramway Trail

Tasmania - South east

Location: 65km North East of Hobart
Length: 6.5 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Wielangta Rd to Wielangta Rd
Public Transport: None
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • Wielangta Tramway Trail is a 6.5km trail following the route of a former logging tram line through patches of rainforest and a lush sub-tropical environment.
  • The trail follows the route of a former logging tram line so there are no steep hills.
  • There are patches of rainforest and it’s generally a lush environment even in mid-summer.
  • Wielangta is a local Aboriginal name meaning ‘tall trees’.

Nearby Attractions

  • The Wielangta forest is part of remnant glacial refugia forest and contains blue gum eucalypt forest and pockets of cool temperate rainforest.
  • The forest is a key habitat of rare and threatened species, including the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, swift parrot, Wielangta stag beetle, spotted-tail quoll and eastern barred bandicoot.
  • A rare orchid (Genoplesium nudum) has also been discovered in the forest.
  • The forest forms part of the South-east Tasmania Important Bird Area, identified as such by Bird-life International because of its importance in the conservation of a range of woodland birds.
  • Maria Island can be accessed by boat from Triabunna

The trail is accessed in two places from the Weilangta Road in a remote part of the Cape Bernier Nature Reserve near the locality of Rheban.

Rheban is approx 18 km south of Spring Beach on the east coast of Tasmania, and approx 65km north east of Hobart.

Maria Island is due east of Rheban

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Background Information

Traditional Owners

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

Rail line history

The Wielangta tram was a forest railway which ran on steel and wooden rails along the Sandspit River from the Wielangta forest to the sawmills in the Wielangta settlement and from there to the east coast opposite of Maria Island, where the sawn timber was loaded onto ships.

In its heyday, Wielangta had several sawmills, a general store, a bakery, a blacksmith and a school. Unfortunately, the settlement was devastated by bushfires in the 1920s and abandoned in 1928.

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