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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

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East Pillinger

Access

Bird River Bridge

Access map

From Queenstown drive south along the sealed Mt Jukes Road for 29 km. At this point the road surface changes to gravel and it becomes the Kelly Basin Road. Follow the Kelly Basin Road for 11 km to the Bird River Bridge turnoff. It will take approximately one hour to travel from Queenstown to this point. Those travelling in 2WD vehicles will need to park at the turnoff and walk the final five kilometres (allow about an hour) along the Kelly Basin Road to the Bird River Bridge. The road follows the alignment of the railway line and so it provides level, easy walking although it can be wet underfoot. Those travelling in 4WD vehicles can drive this final section of Kelly Basin Road. The track is quite narrow in parts so please travel slowly and watch for other vehicles. Vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted beyond the barrier on the northern side of the Bird River Bridge.

East Pillinger

Bird river track

The walking track to Pillinger
(Photography by Peter Grant)

The walking track from Bird River Bridge to East Pillinger continues along the alignment of the railway track. At times the track becomes almost tunnel-like, with a dense growth of ferns, mosses and other plants on either side. Contrasting sharply with the green of the rainforest is the deep-brown tannin-stained water of the Bird River which flows beside the track for much of its length. There are a few short sections of uneven ground due to past land slips along the track, otherwise it is level and easy. Walking boots or strong shoes are advisable as it is often wet underfoot. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the return walk to East Pillinger, plus a couple of hours to explore the relics.

By boat

Boat-based visitors can reach East Pillinger via Macquarie Harbour. The distance from Strahan is 35 kilometres (allow about an hour depending on the size of your boat). Macquarie Harbour can experience rapid and dramatic weather changes which can make boating conditions dangerous so check the forecast before you depart, watch the weather whilst you are out and carry appropriate safety equipment. The tannin-stained water in the harbour makes it difficult to see underwater hazards, so it is important to obey all navigation markers. There is a public jetty at East Pillinger.

Visitors to East Pillinger do not require a permit or a Parks Pass.