Walking the Adamsons Tramway Track

Photograph of rainforest with long fallen mossy tree trunks.

The Adamsons Tramway Track is a short walk near Hastings, Tasmania, Australia. It overlaps with the much longer Adamsons Peak Track. The tramway portion passes the remains of various old forestry constructions.

Getting there

This track, like most in Tasmania’s far south, was not easy to reach. It began on the Peak Rivulet Road, west of Dover. We began even further south, at Hastings Caves, which meant a long drive north on unsealed forestry roads. The narrowest of these was Creekton Road where it turned north off Hastings Caves Road. As the roads continued north, they became wider and smoother.

The “car park” was a small flat patch at the side of Peak Rivulet Road, next to the sign shown above.

Track

The track was well-engineered boardwalk. There were several flights of steps, making it unsuitable for wheelchairs. Almost anyone more mobile than that could walk as far as the Southwest National Park sign.

Forestry Relics

Two signs along the track painted a vivid picture of forestry work in the mid-20th century. The remains of a log landing and trestle bridge were still visible, now covered with a thick layer of moss. The cutting would last a lot longer, although its outline was already softening due to erosion and leaf litter.

Facilities

Latest visit 9th April 2013
Road Unsealed
Parking Small
Shelter No
Toilets No (nearest are at Esperance River; others are at Hastings and Dover)

Opinions

Walking Stick

A very interesting short walk, but a daunting amount of steps in various stages of decrepitude for the less agile.

Ambler

Walked 500 metres in 20 minutes, from the car park to the Southwest National Park sign and back. Enjoyed the walk. The interpretive signs were helpful, although one had become so grimy that it was hard to read.

Racewalker

This walk was short and easy, but still interesting. It is worth stopping while passing through the area.

Should I visit?

The Adamsons Tramway Track is an interesting diversion, but not worth many hours of driving for a single 15 minute walk. If you are visiting Hastings or Duckhole Lake, stop by on the way home. If you continue further into the forest, make sure you know when to turn back, unless you plan to walk to Adamsons Peak and have set aside most of the day for the journey.

References

Trove – Documents tagged “Raminea Sawmill”

Hiking South East Tasmania – Adamsons Peak

Walk the Huon – Adamsons Peak

Map of this walk

All photographs from this walk

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