The North East Rail Trail is a 40km redevelopment of the disused rail corridor from Lilydale to Scottsdale, for non-motorised (E-bikes excepted) multi-use recreational purposes; bike riding and walking. The project includes construction of associated value adding infrastructure such as signage, interpretation and bike rack installations. The project is stage 3 of the North East Rail Trail and will link in with the existing 28km of rail trail already established in Stages 1 and 2 from Scottsdale to the Billycock to provide a critical mass of trail of approximately 70km in length.
This project will provide a drawcard for visitation to Tasmania with more visitors seeking to 'go off the beaten track'. The development of the rail trail provides the opportunity to further delve into Tasmania's hidden gem - the North East - with the opportunity to ride/walk through forests, hidden towns and one of the few rail tunnels in Tasmania.
Due to the changed societal and economic environment and increase in costs experienced since the projects inception an updated business case is currently underway. This business case will seek to identify the current market trends, conduct an economic and social analysis and quantify the benefits of the project to determine viability. A consultant has been engaged and the process expected to be completed by March 2024.
This project has, to date, received funding from the Community Development Grants Program ($1.47M).
Further funding is currently being sought.
Updated February 2024
Business Case Updated
Project end - June 2026
North East Rail Trail Business Case 2024 - Coming Soon