North East Rail Trail - Launceston to Scottsdale
Tasmania’s North East Rail Trail project is set to revitalise the region through the conversion of 70kms of disused rail corridor from Launceston to Scottsdale into a world-class cycling and walking track.
This new section, funded through a Stronger Regions Grant and announced by Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic in mid May, 2015, will link with almost 30km of trail recently constructed by the Scottsdale Rotary Club from Scottsdale to Billycock Hill.
This means that cyclists and walkers will be able to sip, savor, spend, explore and invest as they meander along 100km through some of the State’s most picturesque villages, farmland, vineyards, art galleries, cafes, farmgate experiences and much more.The North East Rail Trail will pass through the rural hamlets of Karoola, Lalla, Lilydale, Tunnel, Lebrina, Nabowla, Lietinna, Scottsdale and onto Billycock Hill. The trail also includes an 1888-constructed 840-metre-long tunnel that is the envy of rail trail managers around the world.
This “slow tourism” typically attracts families and early retirees who like to ride, eat, drink, stay, tour, taste and purchase hand-made local goods. Rail Trails are not a new concept, but they are proven world-wide to provide massive economic benefits and to co-exist with tourism, agricultural industries and rural residents around the globe.
We look forward to delivering a rail trail project that all Tasmanians can be proud of and that will attract people from around the world to explore stunning northern Tasmania.