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“Unique train ride”
Review of Ida Bay Railway

Ida Bay Railway
Ranked #57 of 255 Tours in Tasmania
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 29, 2012

It's a bit off the beaten track and not particularly comfortable but a ride on the Ida Bay railway is a great experience if you want something really different. The train has a diesel truck engine and it's driven by truckies. The track is narrow and rough but it goes to a beautiful beach, stopping en route at a historical cemetery. Plenty of opportunities are available for takign photos.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you like trains, do it ,at $56 per couple might sounds dear, but wouldn't have missed it

Sit the rear carriage as you can move around, and take photos from the platform at the end of the carriage, track is very bumpy, so use a higher shutter speed and photos will be find, they are running everyday during the summer, but check if going down just for the train trip.

Also in the carriage they have blankets and umbellas for your use

Thank old-me
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

This is a fantastic trip for young and old. I was part of a group of families that went, with children ranging in age from 7 months to 7 years. All thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

The train is open carriage so you so get to see the scenery but it also means that you can hear the screeching of the wheels on the track, so if you are after a quiet train trip this is not for you.

The train stops at various places along the track where the driver explains the history of the area. The history is interesting and adds to the charm of the place.

At the end of the track is a lovely beach. There is an undercover picnic and barbecue area and toilets. You can stay and have lunch at this stop and get the next train back or you can return immediately. If you choose to stay there is a 2 hour return walk to a lagoon as an option. The walk is relatively flat. If you do this walk let the train driver know so he can mak sure you get a train back to the station.

A highly recommended trip.

Thank J C
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

The Ida Bay Railway is a great way to take a trip back in time and visit a quiet beach.

If you're looking for a glamorous steam engine train ride then this isn't for you. What you get is a lovely example of old narrow gauge railline pulled by a WWII era little diesel engine. The carriages are open with a roof so you get a great view of the entire ride.

Halfway down to the beach the train stops and your engineer gives a nice talk on the history of the area. It was amazing to find how built up the area once was and how little remains now.

At the end of the line is a very nice beach with great views of the bay. My only complaint is you don't get to spend enough time on the beach.

This is not a spit and polish attraction. It is a small operation that does a good job of showing what life was like along the railway back in time. Also, there are short stretches of gravel road as you near the railroad.

We enjoyed our time on the Ida Bay Railway.

Thank Ron K
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Reviewed February 8, 2011

Great scenery and photo opportunities, friendly staff, and lots of interesting history. It rocks!!!

Thank RDB74
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