Ida Bay Railway
Location of the railway
|Owner||Government of Tasmania|
|Began operation||1919 (Freight operations)|
1977 (tourist operations)
|Ended operation||1975 (Freight operations)|
|System length||7 km (4.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||2 ft (610 mm)|
Location and features
The Tramway was opened in 1919 to facilitate the transportation of Limestone from the quarry west of Lune River to a jetty at Ida Bay. During 1975, freight operations ceased. The Tramway was purchased by the Tasmanian Government in 1977 and leased to private operators for the purpose of a tourist attraction. Various lease holders ran the railway for years struggling to make a profit, but in 2004 the Line re-opened and has been running successfully for the last several years.
The two-hour round trip runs from the Lune River station through buttongrass bushland to the banks of Ida Bay and then onto the old limestone pier at Deep Hole, for a beachside stop before returning to the station.
Marked bushwalking tracks lead to Southport Lagoon. Barbecue facilities, toilets, picnic lunches, group bookings, twilight tours and overnight camping spots are also available.
- "Light Railways (no. 157)" (PDF). Australia's magazine of industrial and narrow gauge railways. 2001. Retrieved 1 March 2013.