Margate Train

The Southeast

Margate Train is a chance for train geeks to gawk at Tasmania's last passenger train, the good ol' Tasman Ltd, which stopped chugging in 1978. It stands idly on a redundant section of track by the highway just north of town, and houses craft shops, a bookshop, antique dealers, a craft brewer, a pancake cafe and a provedore for picnic supplies.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Southeast attractions

1. Inverawe Native Gardens

0.03 MILES

Behind the Margate Train is Inverawe Native Gardens, a private, 9.5-hectare property with landscaped native gardens, trails, water views and 80 species of…

2. Channel Heritage Centre

0.86 MILES

This fabulous community-owned museum on the roadside just south of central Margate is well worth a stop. A series of intimate, passionately curated…

3. Australian Antarctic Division

2.44 MILES

Just south of Kingston is the government HQ responsible for administering Australia’s 42% wedge of the frozen continent. Australia has a long history of…

4. Blackmans Bay Beach

2.94 MILES

About 3km from Kingston, Blackmans Bay has a safe-swimming beach and a blowhole. The water is usually quite cold, and there’s rarely any surf…but it sure…

5. Kingston Beach

3.83 MILES

This relaxed swimming and sailing spot has steep wooded cliffs at each end of a long arc of sand. There’s a picnic area at the northern end, accessed by a…

6. Tinderbox Marine Reserve

4.09 MILES

Tinderbox Marine Reserve borders a small beach in the delightfully named Tinderbox, near Blackmans Bay about 23km south of Hobart. Strap on a snorkel and…

7. Shot Tower

5.37 MILES

On Taroona’s southern fringe stands the Shot Tower, a 48m-high, circular sandstone turret (1870) built to make lead shot for firearms. Molten lead was…

8. Mt Nelson

7.48 MILES

The Old Signal Station atop Mt Nelson (352m) provides immaculate views over Hobart and the Derwent River estuary. The Mt Nelson semaphore station …