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Ida Bay Railway

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“local history”(7 reviews)
Ida Bay Railway The heritage listed railway is one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia! Step aboard our historic WWII Diesel locomotive, enjoy an unforgettable 2-hour journey alongside the water’s edge, through bush planes and enjoy a...more
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328 Lune River Rd, Tasmania 7109, Australia
+61 405 305 437
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All reviews train driver open carriage local history beautiful beach enjoyable trip australian bush small train covered bbq area cockles rail line clean toilets return trip local area couple of hours early settlers hour trip a lot of fun
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

Pity this organisation didn't update their web site and inform everyone they are closed Very disappointing - a waste of time, money and fuel

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank T6993KXdavidm
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Terrible experience! Run down and deserted. Cafe was run by an elderly woman and an assistant who was also quite useless. We paid $45 per head to wait for the driver to slowly start the engine about 10 minutes later than the scheduled time. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank travelbug1232018
Reviewed 24 September 2018

The dedication of the employees and volunteers involved in this enterprise should not be dismissed lightly. However, the journey was a 'rough and noisy' ride.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Adpo01
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The train itself is a gem. The train ride was wonderful, through the bushland and out to a beach. The driver was friendly, communicative and a brilliant source of local information and history. The scenery is glorious - it's a delightful couple of hours that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Fiona A
Reviewed 4 August 2018

A very quaint little train and carriages which take you through the history of the area and the sights are very pretty.. The train driver told some good stories of the area and with the stops along the way made it 2 hour round trip...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Saunter_About
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

This was a Birthday Surprise from my sister and brother-in-law in October 2017 while on a holiday in Tasmania. A lot of fun, beautiful scenery, train trip around the bay, excellent guide full of interesting information, walk on the beach - white silky sand. Friendly...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Melanie D
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Took my grandson for a ride on the railway as a follow up to visiting the Transport Museum. The hour long round trip is worth the drive for the young children.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank W3557OOpatrickc
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Turned up looking forward to the train trip. Found that the price wasn’t as advised on the brochure and had risen from $32 to $45 pp. unfortunately we had a stand-in driver who only went into a little of the history. No history or background...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Smithysawesome
IDABAYRAILWAY, Manager at Ida Bay Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Hi Smithysawesome, We apologize for you were not well informed on the price change and the experience with the commentary. We actually had the old price for years without bringing it benchmark with the market. Due to the rocket raising cost for maintenance of tracks...More

Reviewed 29 March 2018

Rode on this quaint little railway on the way back from Cockle Creek. Lovely journey through the bush to the shores of Ida Bay and back. Wonderful informative train crew and a great way to spend a few hours.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Judi M
Reviewed 23 March 2018

Stopped at this attraction on my way to Cockle Creek. Told them I would be back for there next ride which I made with minutes to spare. What a wonderful two hour trip along a very narrow gauge railway. If you get a chance take...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Judi M
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1 March 2018|
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Response from IDABAYRAILWAY | Property representative |
Yes, Helene, if the train runs 3 trips that day at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm, normally you would be able to depart at 10am and get back at 2pm. Hope that helps, also please do call 0405 305 437 to confirm.
Helena P
16 October 2016|
Response from ijforster | Reviewed this property |
hey Helena, i don't know where the south port lagoon is , there is no walk as such, when the train reaches the end of the line you have time to walk around the beach and the bush for maybe 15 minutes to half an hour, it's... More