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Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites

13/02/2018

Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day

01/02/2018

'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Stage Three of Three Capes Track complete

29/01/2018

Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track has now been completed. The Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff lookout tracks have been upgraded to a class 3 dry boot standard track consistent with the existing Three Capes walks.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.