Longworth Logging Tramway
Swans Crossing in Kerewong State Forest is a popular picnic and camping area for families set on a former dairy/beef property owned by the Swan family. Now, surrounding regenerated native forest and hardwood plantations provide a lush backdrop to this beautiful expansive area. The nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek provide a cool, quiet swimming spot. The historical Longworth's Tramway Heritage Walk is only a short drive away, with connecting bushwalking trails offering even more for the nature lover.
Opened in 1913, the tramline was used to haul timber to the Camden Haven River where it was punted to a mill in Laurieton. Originally, bullocks were used to tow timber trolleys along the tracks, but locomotives were used from 1916 until its closure in 1929. The walk that follows this histroic route is a beautiful short walk that follows Upsalls Creek.
Longworth's Climax B-series Locomotive could move 10,000 to 20,000 superfeet (30 to 36 tonnes) of timber in a day, as much as a bullock team moved in a week.
The Kendall Heritage Society formed in 1998 with a plan to establish walking tracks and a picnic area adjacent to them, signpost points of interest where sections of the tramway route were accessible, identify and possibly restore relevant items of equipment, and create an illustrated, written history of the Longworth Line.
When the designated area for the walking track was cleared, Bill Boyd, an expert axeman and timber worker well known for his work on heritage sites throughout the state, initiated the reconstruction of 90 metres of track.
Some assistance was given by a Work for the Dole team that Bill supervised but the bulk of the work was done by the members of the Society who held regular working bees.
On Sunday 22 April 2001, members of the Kendall Heritage Society together with members of the Longworth family gathered to celebrate the official opening of Longworth’s Tramway Heritage Walk by the Honourable Mark Vaile.
The Walk is easily accessible from Upsalls Creek Road just before Swans Crossing, approximately seventeen kilometres west of Kendall.
The cache is a simple 'micro' located somewhere near to where 'something is where it shouldn't be'.
Have fun and enjoy the walk and the history of the area.
(Cache placed by 'vaggfam' & 'Nudge74' while camping at Swans Crossing).
Congratulations to Grahame Cookie & MVMTBiker on a joint FTF!