IDA BAY RAILWAY, IDLE GOSSIP & LOCAL RIVALRY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Still house/dog sitting in Dover, Truus and Patrick joined us for a week and we took day trips exploring the beautiful south:
Ida Bay Railway. 23.12.09
This is the most southerly railway in Australia, starting from Lune River, a tiny town about 100kms south of Hobart. The line was built in 1922 to carry limestone from quarries to Ida Bay where it was sent by river to Electrona for plastic and steel processing. The last limestone train ran in 1975, in 1977 it became a tourist train.
The 7 km train trip to Deep Hole Bay was fascinating, travelling through bush, button grass plains and coastal heath around Ida Bay and the Lune River. The water views were stunning!
It was a cool morning and we hopped onto the 9.30 train which was extremely noisy and breezy but lots of fun!!!!
After a competent local history from the driver we felt well informed and marvelled at the stoicism of the early settlers (from convict stock of course) that he spoke of.
At Deep Hole Bay, last stop on the line there is a shelter shed and lovely white swimming beach.
We advised the train driver of our intentions to catch the next train back, and having packed our rucksacks with lunch, we set off on the walking track to Southport Lagoon a 2 hour return trek through the bush.
The track is easy and a must-do and the tall black flowering grasses and flowering natives make a spectacular impact along the way.
The lagoon was just gorgeous under the cloudy sky; the flat water was aqua and grey, with mountain ranges framing the view.
Wow! once again another glimpse of nature's paradise-Tassie is full of beautiful scenery and remote destinations!
Apparently there had been 4x4 access to the area but the track is now closed.
Two hours later our train returned to collect us and we spent an hour or so in the café at lda Bay/Lune River station listening to stories of rivalry and unfriendly behaviour between locals of small neighbouring towns.
By the way you are not considered a "local" unless you have lived 25+ years in the town. We have noticed a certain wariness and lack of welcome in Dover and other towns down here; in fact a resident of Dover (30+ years) we met on the beach one morning told us: “Dover is full, we have no room for any new residents, the weather is awful and please tell everyone that you meet to avoid our town!!!!”
Of course there are a lot of exceptions and we have met some lovely people but must admit have not yet got to know any real born and bred locals!
According to another source, Huonville and Geeveston are “at war”, the people of Dover and those from Cygnet have a long history of enmity.