Kelly Basin Walk
Via Mt Jukes Road, Queenstown
Final 5km is 4WD only access road
Walk with history down the route of the former railway line to Kelly Basin, where remains of rail bridges and sleepers are reminders of the past.
Where once 1000 people lived, today only historic remnants of the former town of Pillinger can be seen amidst lush green mosses and tree ferns.
The walk in to Kelly Basin will take 3-4 hours return (10.8km) and during the walk you will see the deep brown tannin-stained water of Bird River, providing for some stunning photo opportunities.
There are picnic tables at the start of the track. Please note that the closest toilets are approximately 45 minutes away from the start of the walk, at the Darwin Dam boat ramp (these toilets are long drop, with no hand washing facilities).
This walk is classed at level Grade 3 - some bushwalking experience required and suitable for most ages and fitness level. Sturdy footwear is a must and please supervise children as the weather changes quickly and the track can get wet underfoot.
How to get there - in Queenstown follow Driffield Street past the train station, heading south out of town onto the sealed Mt Jukes Road (29km). Turn onto the gravel Kelly Basin Road and drive for 11km to the Bird River Bridge turnoff. This drive will take approximately an hour from Queenstown.
The track can be subject to closures in winter, please check the track is open before embarking on your journey down Mt Jukes Road.