The Experience

Located in southern Tasmania, just over an hour west of Hobart, the Railtrack Riders provide visitors with exclusive access into a tract of Tasmanian rainforest via a historic rail line. Railtrack Riders is the only tourism product of its kind, currently operating in Australia. These unique tours are further enhanced by the beautiful setting in which they operate.

We have two stations, Maydena and National Park. These stations are located just 15 minutes drive apart (see the Contact page for details).

Being pedal-powered, the Riders allow visitors to travel at their own pace and fully experience the sights, sounds and smells of their surroundings. If you would like to take it easy, you can also get a helping push from the “Rail Quad”.

See our Bookings page for the adventures on offer.

Railtrack Riders

The Riders

We have three styles of Riders (2, 3 and 4 seaters) at each station to suit a range of bookings. On all Riders, only the front 2 seats have pedals and brakes. Either or both of the 2 front passengers can pedal.

Railtrack Riders 2 seater rider
2 seater

The 2 seater has 2 seats with pedals and brakes

Railtrack Riders 3 seater rider
3 seater

The 3 seater has 2 seats up front, both with pedals and brakes and a rear seat suitable for children under 40kg

Railtrack Riders 4 seater rider
4 seater

The 4 seater has 2 seats up front, both with pedals and brakes and 2 rear seats suitable for children under 40kg

Railtrack Riders Rail quad
Our staff supervise the tour on a “Rail Quad”
Ideal for those who prefer a push : )

A Community Inititative

Railtrack Riders is a Maydena community venture that provides locals with employment opportunities, skills development and work experience.

Until 1991, Maydena was a ‘company town’ established by Australian Newsprint Mills (ANM), and relied on ANM to support direct and indirect employment. Local residents established the Maydena Community Association in 1991 after ANM closed its operations. The association has since been pro-active in setting goals and strategies to achieve social and economic independence for the town.

Railtrack Riders was born from an initiative of the MCA with a desire to develop a tourist enterprise that gives visitors an insight into Tasmanian forestry, rail heritage and values associated with the adjoining Wilderness World Heritage areas; Mt Field National Park and Southwest National Park.

The first prototype railtrack rider was designed and constructed through the resourcefulness of community members and local business. In December 2009 the Company was opened by volunteers and continues to grow.

Geoff Williams: The creator of Railtrack Riders
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