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Kelly Basin is a 11.5km, grade 3 return hike, located in Macquarie Harbour Historic Site, Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.
Walk with history down the route of the former railway line to Kelly Basin. Where once 1000 people lived, today only historic remnants of the former town of Pillinger can be seen amidst lush green mosses and tree ferns.
Standing in East Pillinger in the very early 1900s you would have been in the midst of a bustling port town. Railway carriages loaded with timber, bricks and ore would be shunting past, the sound of shouted instructions ringing out and the smell of wood-smoke hanging thickly in the air.
Today, most of the town has been reclaimed by the forest. There are however some substantial and fascinating relics awaiting your discovery. A full history of Pillinger is available on our web site.
This area is part of the Macquarie Harbour Historic Site and within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
The Western Wilderness
Final 5km of access road is four-wheel-drive only. In Queenstown, turn left at the Empire Hotel and then first right into Conlan Street. Continue along Conlan Street which will lead you out of Queenstown and onto the Mt Jukes Road. Continue on this road for about 30 minutes until the right hand turn to the Bird River walking track.
Picnic tables near the start of the track. No toilets. Full facilities in Queenstown and Strahan.
Some sections are wet and muddy underfoot.
Supervise children, weather may change quickly.
Pets, firearms or bicycles are not allowed.
Max elevation: 110 m
Min elevation: 8 m
Total climbing: 240 m
Total descent: -240 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania