Trace the historic tracks of the old Kaoota Tramway; once used to transport coal from the Kaoota mine to Margate, today this delightful 7 mi out-and-back track is a favourite local walk that starts and ends at Kaoota Road, near Kaoota, southwest of Hobart, Tasmania.
This is an undulating trail that can be walked in either direction or halved if arranging collection from halfway at Lawless Road off Nierinna Road, Margate. With a total elevation gain of 1340 ft, it’s graded as Medium although it’s generally considered to be relatively easy-going for most hikers. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
Relics and ruins of the old tramway that was constructed in 1906 can still be spotted on the route, but since bushfires destroyed several of the bridges in 1922 it was disassembled and nature quickly reclaimed it. Now, walkers can meander through the rainforest, bush and eucalypts on this gently graded walking trail that is a predominantly wide bush track and forest trail underfoot.
Popular with families and groups alike for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and dog walking (dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash), this trail is usually completed on foot in around 3 – 4 hrs. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here