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Southport Lagoon Conservation Area


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Southport Lagoon is generally accessed from Hobart, via the A6 highway through Huonville, Geeveston and Dover The road is sealed as far as the Lune River township.

The Lune River Road (C636) continues south to Ida Bay, where the principal rail terminus of the Ida Bay Railway is found.

Continuing south on the Lune River Road the Southport Lagoon Track branches off on the east side about 1km south of Ida Bay. This is the principal vehicle access to the conservation area.

The Southport Lagoon Track track is a 5.9km long, high clearance, 4WD drive route rated moderate to hard. The track commences 1km south of Ida Bay off the Lune River Road. People using this route must be experienced four wheel vehicle drivers. Off-road 4WD trailers are permitted but standard 2WD trailers and boat trailers are not permitted.

All vehicles must keep to the formed track.

Track closures

Please be aware that track closures may occur at any time during the year. This may be due to vehicles going off the designated track or wet conditions which will lead to unacceptable environmental damage occurring or where safety is an issue. Urgent track closures may occur on total fire ban days.

It is recommended that you contact the Parks and Wildlife Service, Huonville office, before visiting the lagoon during these periods.