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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Kelly Basin

25. Kelly Basin

time 3 - 4 hour return (5.4km one way)
access 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. See map
facilities Picnic tables near the start of the track. No toilets. Full facilities in Queenstown and Strahan.
grade Level 3 Some sections are wet and muddy underfoot.
what to take Group C items
cautions Supervise children, weather may change quickly
prohibited Pets, firearms or bicycles are not allowed

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.

Highlights

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.