Rocherlea Old Rail Trail

Cycle Tasmania, Mountain Bike Ride, Rocherlea Old Rail Trail

A short and simple rail trail at the suburban edge of outer Launceston, following the route of a former railway past a golf course and a fringe of bushland. Plans are to eventually link up and extend the trail into the Inveresk arts precinct.

Terrain

Gently sloping, sealed bike path with some nuisance barrier gates. Watch for broken glass on the trail near either end.

Traffic

Little of any kind, though don’t be surprised if an occasional trail bike zips past on the bike track.

Access

The rail trail begins at the end of Dover Street in Mowbray. From Launceston city centre, follow Invermay Road north, turning right onto Beatty Street along the Mowbray shopping strip. At the end of Beatty Street, turn left and follow Winston Street around to Dover Street.

Food and Drink

On Invermay Road in Mowbray, around one kilometre from the trailhead, there’s a selection of basic eating options.

 

More Details

From the trailhead at the end of Dover Street, the rail trail dips down beside an oval and playground to cross Newnham Creek and join the main line of the bike path just beyond the first of the barrier gates. Immediately, suburban Launceston is forgotten with Mowbray Golf Club to one side of the track and sparsely forested hillsides rising gently above on the other side.

The rail trail climbs gently as it passes the greens of the golf course, and it’s not unusual to hear the distinctive creak of yellow-tailed black cockatoos from among the pine trees that line the course. Beyond the golf course, the trail continues to climb ever so gently, curling around the edge of a blackberry and gorse-choked gully, offering a brief view across to the hillside suburbs on the western banks of the Tamar River.

Rounding the gully below the Launceston-Bell Bay railway line, there’s also a quick look back to the city centre. The trail rises on past the gully, though the slope is almost imperceptible. More noticeable, and more of a nuisance, are the barrier gates - you’ll have to push your bike through each of them. True to its name, the rail trail runs alongside the Bell Bay railway to its end beside the cul de sac on Hume Street. There’s no sign to announce its end, but it’ll be clear when the wide track peters out into a narrow footpath. Turn around, push back through the last barrier gate and get comfortable for an autopilot roll back down the gradual slope into Mowbray.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at the end of Dover St in Mowbray and ride northeast on the bike track beside the oval.
  • 0.2 Cross through the barrier and swing left up the bank onto the main bike track.
  • 1.0 Push your bike through the barrier gate.
  • 2.4 Push your bike through another barrier gate.
  • 2.9 Push your bike through another barrier gate.
  • 3.0 The bike track ends beside the cul de sac on Hume St. Turn around and follow the path back towards Dover St.
  • 3.1 Push your bike through the barrier gate.
  • 3.6 Push your bike through the barrier gate.
  • 5.0 Push your bike through the barrier gate.
  • 5.8 Turn right with the bike track, dipping down to the barrier gate.
  • 6.0 Finish the ride back at the trailhead on Dover St.
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    5.888 km / 3.659 mi

    Total Distance

    65 m / 213 ft

    Total Ascent

    65 m / 212 ft

    Total Descent

    89 m / 294 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 6.0
    Elevation Gain: 65
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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