Railtrack Riders, Maydena to Florentince

Maydena to Florentine (4.8km return, 1 hr 30 mins)

From $74 (2 seat rider)

This ride, leaving the Maydena station, ventures west. The return trip taking approximately 1.5 hours, passes the remnants of the Hydro Tasmania’s bulk dry cement silos, workshops/stores that once provided concrete and supplies for the construction of the Gordon River Hydro Electric Scheme.The journey continues through rainforest on to the Florentine rail station where there are historic forestry displays, static exhibits, and historic information. Take a short peaceful walk around the Florentine forest trail, following the head waters of the Tyenna River. Experience the temperate rainforest of giant tree ferns and tall eucalypts while your Railtrack Riders are turned on the purpose built turntables for the return journey. The remaining disused railway continues into private owned land over Pillingers creek. The old log loading yard was sold by Australian Newsprint Mills when it ceased operations in the 1990’s at Maydena. All that is left of that line into the loading yard is small amount of line around 50 mts long going into the log yard. 

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Maydena to Pig & Whistle (8km return, 1 hr 30 mins)

From $84 (2 seat rider)

Leaving the Maydena station, this ride ventures east . A return trip of approximately 1.5hours, the riders pass through the site of the former rail station at Fitzgerald. Only two original railway houses remain along the side of the rail line. In the early 1920’s Fitzgerald was a bustling town with timber cutting and haulage being work for locals and miners traveling to Adamsfield to seek their fortune mining ‘Osmiridium’. Miners stayed overnight at Fitzgerald in boarding houses one of which was known as the ‘Pig & Whistle’ located just east of Fitzgerald. Gourlay’s Mill was located across the Tyenna River from Fitzgerald it supplied Hobart and surrounds with its valuable timber.Fitzgerald was at one time the last stop on the Derwent Valley Line until Australian Newsprint Mills (A.N.M) purchased Gourlay’s Mill and its land for the supply of timber for the manufacture of Newsprint at its mill at Boyer.The newsprint mill, now owned by Norske Skog, grows and uses pine for paper production harvested from the same areas of the Tyenna and Florentine Valley’s.

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National Park to Newbury Rd (7km return, 1 hr 30 mins) ***’**CLOSED******

From $74 (2 seat rider)

Railtrack Riders are also located at the entrance to Mount Field National Park. Mt Field and the scenic beauty of Russell Falls led the government, in 1885, to create a 300 acre reserve around them. The Falls are one of Tasmania’s premier tourist attractions.

We start the rail adventure at the National Park Station; a building that was restored in 2012 by a work experience activity group. The building belongs to the Derwent Valley Railway and is now serving as the departure point for the Railtrack Riders adventure.

Traveling West beside the Tyenna River, we are viewing the rugged mountain country of Mt Field. We pass through farmland and light forest to Newbury road where we have a short stop before the return to National Park.

Our Covid-19 safety plan requires everyone to have their temperature checked and be complient with all advice signage, thank you

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