Kelly Basin

3 h 15 min to 5 h

11 km

↑ 289 m
↓ -289 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Bird River Bridge parking and picnic area at the end of Kelly Basin Road, Southwest, this walk leads to Kelly Basin and back via the Kelly Basin Track. As you walk along the beautiful Bird River you'll see the historic rail bridges and railways line, as well as the ruins of East Pillinger at Kelly Basin. There are picnic tables on both ends of the track, as well as toilet facilities close to Kelly Basin. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-42.3430836,145.5914536)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Batchelor Street, A10, Queenstown.
  • Turn on to Driffield Street then drive for 5.2 km
  • Continue onto Mount Jukes Road and drive for another 38.2 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
There is a car park (about 10 m back from the start).
After another 90 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip will take you to historic (and really big) metal boilers and brick kilns. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 5.4 km turn left.
After another 55 m come to a toilet.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 5.5 km to get back to the start.

This side trip will take you to historic (and really big) metal boilers and brick kilns.
Turn map Directions & comments
After another 110 m turn right.
After another 80 m veer right.
After another 75 m veer right.
After another 35 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 300 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Kelly Basin

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 11 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 5 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 5.6 km from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
5.6 km[toilet]
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