Stoodley Forest Walk and Arboretum

The Stoodley Forest Walk traces a path through an arboretum established by the island’s early forestry industry, and includes international plants they experimented with to see what grew well in Tasmanian conditions, for use in a possible future forestry industry. The original wooden water trough on the Sheffield side of the plantation was built in the early 1900s and was a regular stopping place for horses and their riders. Traction engines would also stop here to top up their boilers. Perhaps one of the most interesting constructions in the area is Dick Lowe’s Bridge. This is hidden away under several metres of built up road and is to be found in the bend on the Railton side of the plantation. The bridge was originally built in 1877 and features a fine bluestone archway.



The 1-hour loop walk focuses attention on some interesting remnants of the old plantings. Highlights include radiata pine planted in 1939 and 1981; Tasmanian blue gum planted in 1939; the understorey robinea – a member of the legume family; Tasmanian stringy bark (Eucalyptus obliqua) and Tasmanian peppermint (Eucalyptus Amygdalina); Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga taxifolia); coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is closely related to the giant redwood (Sequoia gigancea); Corsican pine (Pinus nigra) planted in 1939; western red cedar (Thuja plicata) planted in 1939; and European beech (Fagus sylvatica). Some of the timber from this plantation was used in constructing ships for the Tall Ships Race as part of Australia’s bicentenary celebrations in 1988. The trail partially follows the Railton-Roland train line, which operated until 1957 and included a station at Stoodley. It is also the site of one of the region;s first sawmills – built in 1854 on the nearby Red Water Creek. Entry: Free. Opening hours: All hours

Hours: Open all hours


Stoodley, Tasmania, Australia 7316