Saturday, 3 December 2016

Deep Hole

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Deep Hole Bay
Note: Due to legal reasons it is now not permissible to walk down the railway line.
A couple of friends suggested that they would like to do a relatively flat walk so we settled on the walk from Ida Bay to Deep Hole which mostly follows the route of the Ida Bay Railway. Times and fares for the rail journey are on their website.
We set off from the railway station along Ida Bay Road and then onto the train tracks. Ida Bay Road passes through some nice forest with large trees.

Ida Bay Road

Ida Bay Road

Train Tracks
A short distance up the tracks we came to Ida Bay and the graves of some of the Tyler family.

Tyler Graves

Ida Bay

Ida Bay
From here it was an easy amble along the tracks passing an old sawmill site and Joseph Graves Cottage site to the end of the line at Deep Hole Bay and Elliott Beach. Here there is a picnic shelter and a toilet block. The water was quite smooth as there was little breeze blowing.

Someone's artwork

Deep Hole Bay
After a short stop we started the return journey and fairly soon we could hear the train approaching.

After it passed we carried on and after about another hour it caught up to us on its return journey.

Adamsons Peak

Adamsons Peak

We then simply carried on and walked back to the car at Ida Bay.
This is a good short, flat walk with some nice scenery and bush included.
Distance: 13.1 kms.
Time: 3'41"
Ascent: 96 metres
For a downloadable GPX file see Southport Lagoon and Bluff Beach which includes this section.

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