If you're looking for a new, exciting way to experience the unique beauty and wonder of Tasmania's coastal wilderness, you have what locals consider a little slice of paradise.
The Ida Bay Railway is Australia's southernmost railway and offers a two hour trip from the Lune River train station through buttongrass bushland along the banks of Ida Bay before reaching the historic limestone pier at Deep Hole.
This beachside stop offers an area for a picnic lunch, a casual swim in summer and a marked bushwalk track that stretches through to Southport Lagoon, where you can find the King George III monument – a reminder of the 134 souls who lost their lives when a convict ship sank there in 1835.
During the trip you will see the once-thriving Ida Bay township and vast landscapes of wildflower-dotted Tasmanian wilderness that has to be seen to be believed.
In winter, the trains run Friday to Monday at three separate times – 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 – with costs ranging from $28 for adults, $15 for children aged five to 16, and a $25 concession for senior citizens. Children under four ride for free.