Leaving from the Ida Bay Railway station at Lune River in Tasmania’s far south; this medium difficulty walk offers unique hiking experiences along early 1900s railway tracks. This 20km return hike takes in coastal railways systems, sandy buttongrass heathlands and vast lagoon and ocean vistas. For a shorter hike of 6km you may like to catch the Ida Bay Train to Elliott Beach and begin your walk from there.
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|From Hobart head south along the Southern Outlet (A6) for 10km. Take the right hand lane at the Kingston Bypass and continue on for 2km before taking the 4th exit to Channel Highway (B68) at the roundabout. Continue through Huonville on the Huon Highway for 70km to Hastings Caves Road (C635). Continue on this road (changing to Lune River Road soon after) for an additional 7km until you reach the Ida Bay Railway. The Ida Bay to Southport Lagoon walk begins from the access road adjacent to the railway line.|
The Ida Bay to Southport Lagoon track begins opposite the Ida Bay Railway Station at Lune River. The track begins via the flat gravel road adjacent to the railway line. After a short walk this road meets the railway line which is then followed through its entirety to Elliott Beach 7km away. Hiking here is pleasant as the railway passes through coastal dry sclerophyll forest. Keep an eye out for the Ida Bay Train that operates daily along this line. For those short on time, this train provides a faster alternative, reducing walking distance to 6km.
Once at Elliott Beach a day use shelter and jetty are found, this is an ideal spot for lunch before continuing on to Southport Bluff Beach and Southport Lagoon via more rugged walking tracks. From Elliott Beach, the trail heads across sandy buttongrass heathland towards the far coast. After a gentle but steady climb the apex of the heathland is reached and the trail continues downhill through open bushland to Southport Lagoon. Shortly before reaching the Lagoon the junction to Southport Bluff Beach is passed. The trail opens up to a beached section of Southport Lagoon and offers vast peaceful views of the lagoon and the Southern Ranges beyond. Take your time to explore the inland coast before returning via the same trail to the Southport Bluff Beach turnoff.
The 2km return walk to Southport Bluff Beach from the junction is similar to the conditions already experienced with some more gentle inclines includes. Once you have experienced the rugged ocean views, return to the trailhead via the same track and railway line.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania.