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Kelly Basin, Queenstown

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Kelly Basin is an amazing walk. As other mentioned there are hidden artifacts of a lost hidden town. During Winter when the river is full there are many water falls to view.  more »
  • A beautiful walk that at times runs along beside the King River. There are hidden and not so hidden old forgotten mining structures and what was once a old town slowly being reclaimed by the harsh...  more »
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