One of the exclusive benefits of membership of THRA is joinin our excursions.

The Association conducts about three excursions a year to places of historical interest. As well as several day or part-day trips, there is sometimes a weekend excursion.

The excursions frequently visit places not open to the public. Expert guides provide information, and excursionists can enrich their journey by sharing their combined knowledge.

2017 Excursions

Autumn excursion: Roderick O'Connor (1 day) 

Winter excursion: Beaumauris Zoo (1/2 day)

Spring excursion: Ida Bay Railway (1 day) 30 September

Summer excursion: Royal Botanical Gardens (TBA)

Next excursion: Ida Bay Railway

Ida Bay Railway

A THRA excursion on the Historical Ida Bay Railway has been arranged to take place on Saturday 30th September.

The Ida Bay Railway is the last operating bush tramway in Tasmania and also has the distinction of being the most southerly railway in Australia.

We will be travelling on the 12:30 train trip. The train driver will explain the history of the local area, the convicts, the early settlers and their industries, with a stop at the cemetery on the way into Deep Bay. We will spend some short time at Deep Bay to walk to the beach and examine the area before the return trip. Shelter and toilet facilities are available at Deep Bay.

Each way of the train trip, with the one stop on the way in, covers some 7kmand takes around 50 minutes. Suitable warm clothing could be necessary depending on the weather.

The cost to THRA members, because of our group booking is $25 adults, Children $12, payable at the Ida Bay Train Station on the day.

As there only two train carriages available at the moment, we will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants, thus the first 40 to apply via the following method can only be accommodated.

Average drive time from Hobart to Ida Bay is 1 hour 40 minutes. However, you should allow for you own driving abilities, the weather conditions, unexpected traffic, as well as time to purchase take away food if necessary for lunch from the variety of facilities on the way.

Otherwise bring your own picnic lunch.

Some food is available at the cafe at the Ida Bay Railway Station.

Food can be consumed on the train which does travel relatively slowly.

The journey to Ida Bay will give you a great opportunity to admire the beautiful Huon district with magnificent views of the Huon River. The drive takes you through fascination farming communities and historical towns like Franklin, Geeveston and Dover.

However, we must be at Ida Bay Railway station by at least 12:10 to allow for check in.

So if you are meeting for car pooling you will need to depart Hobart around 10:15

We should be back at the Ida Bay Station shortly before 3pm to commence our return to Hobart.

Unfortunately the repeat of the very successful Roderick O’Connor excursion to Connorville via Ross, which was to be conducted by Alison Alexander on Sunday 12 November has had to be cancelled due to important farm management commitments at Connorville.

However, an exclusive guided tour detailing the history and the captivating beauty of our Botanical Gardens is in the planning stage and will be held in November. More details will be announced on this web site.

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Heading photograph Grubb's tramway (NS1013-1-875), courtesy Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office