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Kelly Basin, Queenstown

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Kelly Basin Road was a road built on the formation of the former North Lyell Railway in the King River Valley of Western Tasmania. It ran to the east of the West Coast Range, from the Linda Valley, to Kelly Basin.
Following the cessation of rail services on the North Lyell railway, and removal of the track, the road's provision of access into otherwise difficult areas, created anticipation of a number of uses for forestry and mining activity.
It was an important location for both protestors and police during the No Dams blockade in the 1980s.

Most of the formation now lies under the Lake Burbury impoundment, a result of the Hydro Tasmania King River power development scheme.

Portions of the road still exist south of the Darwin Dam, and the Bird River Bridge to Kelly Basin area is now a protected and adventure tourist location.
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  • The Kelly Basin walk south of Queenstown is just one of the amazing walks in and around Queenstown. The trail follows beside a river and the reminiscence of an old civilization can be found hidden...  more »
  • The road in to the starting point is very narrow but very well constructed. You do not need a four wheel drive. There are no toilets at the start of the track but there are toilets at the end. Wear...  more »

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