Map MH - Rail and ferry map of Tasmania and Bass Strait
This map covers the island State of Tasmania and Bass Strait which separates Tasmania from mainland Australia.
There are no regular passenger transport railways in Tasmania - its last regular passenger train having ceased in 1978. There are however a handful of tourist railways, notably the West Coast Wilderness Railway which has recently been re-constructed between Queenstown and Regatta Point (Strahan). This is an Abt system rack railway operated by steam locomotives. Two daily services currently operate between Queenstown and Strahan (Regatta Point). The Don River Railway, which operates short rides on Sundays between Coles Beach and Don, is Tasmania's longest established tourist railway. The Derwent Valley Railway tourist services are currently suspended due to legal complications surrounding the ownership of the track. The Ida Bay railway operates regular tourist trips six days a week over a former forest tramway between Lune River and Deep Hole Creek on the shores of Ida Bay. This is Australia's southernmost railway.
The principal surface transport to and from Tasmania is the "Spirit of Tasmania". This service is operated by a pair of large ferries which operate daily (usually overnight) between Melbourne and Devonport. This is a large vehicle carrying ocean-going ship, and offers a range of accommodation from luxury sleeping berths to dormontory accommodation. This is supplemented in Summer months and peak perriods by additional sailings that operate during daylight hours.
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