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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
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09:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Ida Bay Railway Tour
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The Little Red Engine!

Worth the drive! Gravel road accessible for all vehicles. Interesting to experience the changing flora. The driver of the Little Red Engine was personable, funny and gave an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Karen M
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Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth the drive! Gravel road accessible for all vehicles. Interesting to experience the changing flora. The driver of the Little Red Engine was personable, funny and gave an informative history of bygone times and the families who settled along the bay. Those interested in Tassie history will enjoy. At the end of the line take a dip in the world's... More 

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Thank Karen M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A pleasant couple of hours rattling down the track used to transport timber and the limestone through the bush and following parts of the river to a pristine Beach at beautiful Deep Hole Bay. I returned on the same trip but others had gone earlier and spent time walking, picnicking and spending time at the beach, then caught a later... More 

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Thank Lynette M
Adelaide
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This railway experience does not pretend to be anything other than what it is - a great trip on a rustic former industry related railway through beautiful bushland, then following the lovely shoreline of Ida Bay and terminating at the pristine white sands of Deephole Bay. I chose to sit in the open air carriage, as it was a fabulous... More 

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Thank ilovepythagoras
IDABAYRAILWAY, Owner at Ida Bay Railway, responded to this review

I am so pleased that you enjoyed our unique tour on Australia's most southern railway. It is encouraging for our driver,tour guides that they are appreciated. We look forward to your return trip to Ida Bay and the rest of beautiful Tasmania. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take the Ida Railway and combine the Southport Lagoon walk and take a later train back. The walk was hard with the three kids, but rewarding when we got to the lagoon. Lance, our train driver was very accommodating and informative too. A great day out in the Far South.

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Thank Sheela P
IDABAYRAILWAY, Owner at Ida Bay Railway, responded to this review

Thank you Sheela P for visiting us at the Ida Bay Railway. I am so pleased you enjoyed our unique tour and also the history by Lance. Our drivers are a dedicated tour guide as well and we could not operate without them. We hope to see you again Meg More 

Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clunk clunk, clank clank through the bush from Ida Bay to Elliot Beach some 7 kms to the east. 45 minute trip each way, with a 20 minute stop at the beach. Some nice views of Major Honors Bay otherwise a bit boring. A commentary would have been nice, giving some info on the history of the various places we... More 

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Thank Keith E
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My great grandfather was one of the prominent foresters of the Esperance region in the late 19th Century so I was very interested to take this train trip and hear a little about the history of the railway and its surrounding area. The train trip was, as to be expected, rustic but the history was about 3 minutes worth of... More 

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Thank RossCC
IDABAYRAILWAY, Owner at Ida Bay Railway, responded to this review

Thank you Ross for visiting our lovely railway and we do encourage our driver/guides to give extensive history from among our numerous topics. I apologise for the lack of history on your tour and have already reinforced the importance of this for the visitors experience. I hope you can visit us again and have a complete experience. Enjoy the rest... More 

Caloundra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought that a narrow gauge railway might be better for kids but that is not so. We were fortunate enough to be there in wild flower season and the flowers were well and truly out. A short history lesson made the trip interesting but the flowers and coastline were best

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Thank TravellingSandy4
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this attraction in the local guides so made the effect to get there and we are glad we did, the young train driver was new to the job and was learning his history of the area and even though he was not totally up to date he was still keen to past on his knowledge. Train was due... More 

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Thank Gug M
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Its more rustic than the West Coast Wilderness Railway but still very enjoyable, much cheaper, great native scenery and beatiful beaches. There's a carriage with open sided and a closed carriage if it starts to rain. The cafe was preetty good too.

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Thank Anthony P
Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Very quant 2 hour trip down a small rail track. We visited in December with all the wild flowers on show. What a delight.must say its a novelty trip but worth doing whilst down in that area. The train driver very informative and gave a great history of the area with laughter included!!!

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