Explore the most southern railway in Australia !
Located at Lune River, 113 kilometres and roughly two hours drive south of Hobart, the Ida Bay Railway invites you to enjoy the area’s secluded wilderness. This 610 mm (2 foot) gauge tramway traverses 6.8 kilometers of gorgeous Tasmanian bush and beach, estuaries and button grass plains.
The railway was originally built to transport limestone from Ida Bay quarries to waiting ships in the Lune River Estuary and Deephole Bay. You can take a two hour return trip on a restored section of this historic line, riding in passenger carriages built on 1890s bogie flat wagons, which are hauled by 1940s Malcolm Moore locomotives.
Departing from Lune River station, you’ll travel through wildflower-dotted bushland and coastal heath. See the site of the once-thriving Ida Bay township and enjoy fantastic water views as you travel along the Lune River’s southern shore. Deephole Bay marks the line’s end where you’ll find a long, white sand swimming beach, accessible only by rail. This idyllic lunch spot has a picnic shelter and barbecue facilities.
From Deephole Bay you can follow marked walking tracks to Southport Lagoon and Southport Bluff where you will find the King George III monument. 134 people lost their lives when a convict ship sank here in 1835.
Operating times: The railway operates daily during Summer (9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm) and Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun during Winter (10am, 12pm and 2pm). Group tours on other days for up to 50 people are available by prior arrangement.
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