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Open Hours: Summer (Oct-Apr) 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Winter (May-Sept) 10.00am 12.00pm & 2.00pm

Of the hundreds of miles of narrow gauge bush tramways built in Tasmania, the heritage listed Ida Bay Railway is the only original railway in existence. The 2 hour return trip affords fascination not only for train buffs but also for those interested in our natural environment and our local history.

If Monday is public holiday and you can't book for the train service, please call 0405 305 437 or email info@idabayrailway.com.au to check the availability.


From Ida Bay you will travel through light bush to the shores of Ida Bay. The line passes through the site of the original town of Ida Bay, past the wharf and grave yard that is all that remains of a once thriving area. Soon after reaching the shores of the Lune River estuary and for a mile or so the scenic views across the waterways are superb.

Past the bush site of Jagers sawmill and jetty through bush you could reach out and touch. The line terminates at Deep Hole Bay, a large white swimming beach accessible only by rail. The beach is nearly a mile long and very secluded. From Deep Hole there are marked bush walking tracks to King George III monument where a convict ship sank with a huge loss of life and a walk to Southport Lagoon (allow 2-3 hours for the walks) and return to the station on a later train.

There are toilets and a picnic shelter with seating(with BBQ facilities) available at the Deep Hole end of the line. We can cater for your BBQ or picnic if desired.
Spend an hour or two on the beach and return to the station on a later train.

There is a cafe at the station.

Group bookings available (with catering if desired) with consultation with the tour operator.

EFTPOS facilities available.

Map & Directions

328 Lune River Rd, IDA BAY, TAS 7109, Australia


Ida Bay Railway at Ida Bay is a comfortable 1.5 hour drive south of Hobart and 7km from Hasting Caves.
Ida Bay Railway is 25 minutes south of Dover and 40 minutes south of Geeveston.

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Terms and Conditions
Ida Bay Railway is situated within the Ida Bay State Reserve therefore only hearing and visually impaired persons are allowed to have dogs travel on the carriages.
No smoking or drinking of alcohol is allowed on the ride however smoking is allowed at each stop and drinking of alcohol is allowed at the last stop at the beach.
On days of extreme weather conditions (ie strong gusty winds) the operator reserves the right to cancel any or all trips.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations of confirmed bookings (where payment has been made) will not be refunded however a mutually agreed alternative date and time can be negotiated with the tour provider.
Please note that full payment for the tours will be taken at the time of booking. The tour operator reserves the right cancel the tour if min pax is not met or weather conditions not permitting.


We are closed today for maintenance! Apology for any inconvenience caused.

Special Events

Steam Age Ida Bay festival 2018