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Ida Bay Railway

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Address: 328 Lune River Rd, Tasmania 7109, Australia
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+61 3 6298 3110
09:00 - 15:00
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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It was a pleasant trip on the Ida Bay train - the driver was great with lots of knowledge & very accommodating to the youngsters on board, allowing them to sit in the drivers... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Queensland, Australia

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Queensland, Australia
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a pleasant trip on the Ida Bay train - the driver was great with lots of knowledge & very accommodating to the youngsters on board, allowing them to sit in the drivers carriage for a photo (once at the end of the line) - I loved hearing all the interesting history about the families who settled here -... More 

Thank LeapingLizz
Beerwah, Australia
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86 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to risk the weather and take the 2 hour ride on this heritage listed railway. The train is a ww11 diesel locomotive and the rail line runs along the water. Stop part way to visit an historic cemetery then continue to the end of the line. It is possible to take the early train and stay to return... More 

Thank Dianne D
Sydney, Australia
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70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The day we went on the railway the weather was beautiful. We sat in the open carriage and really enjoyed the trip out to the end of the line through the bush and along the waterfront. This area of Tasmania is really beautiful and probably overlooked by many tourists. We were so glad we came down to this part of... More 

Thank Deblezuu
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst not much to look at upon arrival, the explanation of the history of the railway and the families that lived and worked in the region make this an interesting and engaging experience. The train is a little slow and open to the elements, so would be a challenge in rainy conditions.

Thank Ian C
Melbourne, Australia
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412 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's quite a trip down to Ida Bay, south of Southport but worth it for the train experience. Great for kids and older. Times are flexible! Our 12 noon departed at 1235 awaiting some late arrivals who had to have their lunch before boarding! It takes 2 hours to rattle along the coastline for 7 kms, stopping at a pioneer... More 

Thank HofH999
Tasmania, Australia
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Is it really that exciting to ride 7 kilometers (both ways) on a rattling little train pulled by a small locomotive with a car engine, on a narrow gauge railway? The answer is "yes" - even if you may feel a little underwhelmed. In reality the Ida Bay Railway (which dates from the 1920's and operated into the 1970's) has... More 

1 Thank Leon J
Geeveston, Australia
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294 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting and entertaining trip on the old train. Us adults enjoyed it and the grand kids loved it. Top scenery! :)

Thank Bojangles1954
Ulverstone, Australia
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a lovely little train ride through some bush/trees down to the old cemetery where the town used to be. Fantastic views of this area which are unattainable unless you have a boat. Very pleasant and the free oysters were a bonus, plucked fresh from the sea in front of our eyes!

Thank Jan H
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194 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To make a day of it heas to the Ida Bay Railway for the 10am train and you can then head over to Hastings Caves. The small railway is brilliant. The drivers are full of great commentary at the two stops and is happy to chat about the hisory of the area. The beach you arrive at is pristine and... More 

Thank Paul B
Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This certainly did not live up to our expectations but perhaps the weather did not help as it was raining and the folk in the open carriage, particularly at the front got soaked.

Thank Hammo_12

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