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The problem

The disused rail corridor is not being used to its potential

Converting the rail corridor to a recreational trail opens up opportunities for tourism businesses and locals to get more regular exercise for fun and transport between towns.

Converting the long disused railway line from Launceston to Herrick in north-east Tasmania into a shared recreation trail for riders and walkers has been a dream for locals and cycle tourists for years.

With the popularity of mountain bike trails in nearby Derby, there is huge potential for riding trails for other riders, such as family members of the mountain bike riders. 

Scottsdale Rotary and volunteers have created Stage 1 of the North East Recreation Trail, a 26 km trail from Scottsdale to Billycock Hill.

This stage is set within impressive state forest, through 20 m high granite cuttings. In some sections the cuttings rise up 260 m, providing dramatic changes in vegetation and scenery.

On a clear day, unique vistas of the Furneaux Islands can be seen. The intention is to extend this stage to nearby Legerwood, to the popular picnic ground featuring wood carvings commemorating World War I veterans.

Other news


The North East Rail Trail should be extended from Scottsdale through to Lilydale Falls and then to Launceston if the rail group can’t get trains running in the next few years. 

Government gives $1.47m to NE Rail Trail

The extension of the North East Recreation Trail is closer to fruition with the announcement of renewed Australian Government funding of $1.47 million.

North East Rail Trail work back on track

The Legislative Council has delivered its final report into the North East Rail Trail giving the state government’s compromise solution the thumbs up but trail...

North East Rail Trail inquiry nears end of line

Bicycle Network appeared at a Legislative Council inquiry hearing on Monday to support the case for extension of the North East Rail Trail from Scottsdale...

Rail Trail faces hurdle from parliament inquiry

The North East Rail Trail is the subject of a new parliamentary inquiry which could delay the start of work and potentially jeopardise federal funding...

The solution

Use the rail corridor to create Tasmania’s first multi-day rail trail.

A completed North East Recreation Trail will be a leading experience for the region, showcasing the natural and cultural heritage values of the area.

A trail will provide a safe and more enjoyable off-road route for the summer touring cyclists who are currently forced to use the risky (and hilly) road network to access the east coast of Tasmania. 

It will provide an attractive new active recreation opportunity for locals and importantly, it will activate the local visitor economy by attracting the many rail trail loving riders from interstate and overseas.

We support the Tasmanian Government’s compromise allowing rail on the first leg of the corridor, but if a passenger train does not get up and running then the rail trail should be extended through to Launceston.


  • Member for Bass Bridget Archer announced on 2 September 2020 she had re-secured $1.47 million in federal funding to allow the project to proceed. 
  • The Tasmanian Parliament passed legislation in late 2019 to permit Dorset Council to become the corridor manager to enable the rail trail. 
  • The Legislative Council reported in late 2019, supporting the government’s compromise plan for the corridor. 
  • The Legislative Council announced an inquiry into the rail trail in October 2018. 
  • The Dorset Council has been informed the rail trail will end at Lilydale Falls and a train will operate from Lilydale Falls.
  • The Tasmanian Government released a Treasury report in July 2018 recommending that the corridor be used for a rail trail between Scottsdale and Lilydale or Lalla.

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