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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.

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Support the North East Rail Trail

Bicycle Network is calling on its members to write to their local MPs in support of the North East Rail Trail.

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.

This next stage of the trail will provide a safe and more enjoyable offroad 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.



  • 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.
  • The Dorset Council has been informed the rail trail will end at Lillydale Falls and a train will operate from Lillydale Falls.
  • Federal Government funding for the rail trail needs to be spent by December 2019.
  • Work cannot begin until the parliament ratifies the government’s decision on how the corridor will be re-used – some train enthusiasts are against the rail trail and are lobbying to stop this change. 
  • The Legislative Council announced an inquiry into the rail trail in October 2018 with submissions due 2 November 2018 and hearings to be held in February and March 2019. 

Take action

Collective action makes a difference. Join the campaign – together we can ensure Tasmania’s first multi-day rail trail gets built. 

Contact your local Legislative Councillor

Let our upper house MPs know you support the rail trail going ahead, and urge them to support the transfer of land manager.


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