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East Pillinger

Visitor's Guide

Bird River Bridge

For more than a century, this trestle bridge has stood in proud testimony to the people who built it. Most of the timbers, including the Huon pine piles, are original.

Along the track to East Pillinger

When walking the track between Bird River Bridge and East Pillinger you will encounter reminders of the area’s past. These include embankments and cuttings constructed for laying the railway line, occasional sleepers and sections of line, a wooden water tank, sections of telegraph line and a series of wooden bridges.

At East Pillinger


Ruins of the jetty at East Pillinger
(Photography by Peter Grant)

Three brick kilns, a jetty, two steam boilers, a railway carriage and the mess hall chimney are all that remain from this once bustling port town. A short looped walk links the various relics and interpretation panels provide more information about each of the relics.

Camping and toilets

There is a bush campsite and toilet at East Pillinger near the public jetty. At the Bird River Bridge there is a day use area but no toilet or camping facilities.


East Pillinger is within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area which is a fuel stove only area. Open fires are not permitted.

Respect the relics

The relics in this area provide an important link with our past. Please do not disturb them. If items are moved or removed their potential to tell us about the past is reduced, as is the enjoyment of other people who visit the site.

Further reading

David Bannear, 1991. King River to Kelly Basin Archaeological Survey. Occasional Paper No 29. Department of Parks Wildlife and Heritage and Forestry Commission Tasmania.

Things to remember

Do not disturb or remove any relics. Please take all your rubbish home with you. All plants and animals are protected.

During February to April bee hives are located in this area for the production of leatherwood honey. Please do not interfere with the hives. Pets can disturb native animals and are not permitted in the Historic Site. Keep wildlife wild. Let them feed themselves. Guns and hunting equipment must be left at home. Kelly Basin is part of the Farm Cove Game Reserve. This Reserve is open to licensed duck hunters from March to June each year.