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West Coast Wilderness Railway

Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Railway is a steam railway like no other and an essential experience for any visitor to the region. It operates full and half-day steam train journeys along a historic 35km track between Queenstown and Strahan on Tasmania's wild West Coast. Its tours are also journeys into the history of the region and the ingenuity behind the Railway’s construction, which required solutions to huge environmental and logistical challenges, and has been recognised as an engineering achievement of global significance.

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Built in the 1890s to carry minerals from the mines at Queenstown to the port at Strahan, the railway passes through dense rainforests that are home to the Huon pine and steep gorges, offering unforgettable views of Tasmania's wilderness from the comfort of a cosy carriage. Passengers have a choice of the Heritage Carriage, with drinks and snacks available for purchase at stations along the way, or the indulgent Wilderness Carriage which offers full catering and a welcoming glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice.

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Passengers are told the fascinating stories of the hardships of the railway’s construction and the fierce competition with the operators of the other mines and railways in the area. The train stops at stations along the route which offer activities including a rainforest walk, viewing the train being turned on a manual turntable, panning for gold, tastings of wild honey and stunning photo opportunities.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway operates year-round on seasonal timetables, with a range of full and half day return tours departing from either Queenstown Station or Regatta Point Station in Strahan.

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Family Packages

Special family package pricing, covering two adults and two children, is available on all tours in our Heritage carriage. Additional children are charged per head.

Tours

Rack & Gorge - Queenstown – Dubbil Barril – Queenstown. Duration: 4hrs

A half day steam train journey departing Queenstown Station and travelling the steep grades of the rack & pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and old growth rainforest complete the experience. Sit back in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild West Coast.

* Four-hour steam train journey *Traverses the steepest steam rail in Australia *The train rain uses the ingenious rack and pinion system * Live commentary throughout* Magnificent views of the King River Gorge* Journey deep into the rainforest * Gold panning* Rainforest walk*See the locomotive being manually turned by the crew.

Heritage Carriage passengers can purchase refreshments at a station stop along the way. Wilderness Carriage passengers have access to the open balcony for splendid views and receive a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice on boarding, tea and coffee plus

9am departures - canapés, morning tea, light lunch.

2:15pm departures - afternoon tea (Tasmanian Tasting Tower – 3-tiered stand of sweet & savoury Tasmanian produce)

River & Rainforest - Strahan – Dubbil Barril – Strahan. Duration: 4hrs

Enjoy a relaxing steam train journey that departs from the original harbor side Regatta Point Station in Strahan. Take in the fabulous harbour views as the train follows the harbor foreshore and then the river as you journey deep into the rainforest. Marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses the many bridges including the formidable iron bridge one of the two major river crossings on the line.

* Four-hour steam train journey * Live commentary throughout * Journey deep into the rainforest *Two major river crossings on the line, including formidable Iron Bridge * Honey tasting * Rainforest walk * See the locomotive being manually turned by the crew.

Heritage Carriage passengers can purchase refreshments at station stop along the way. Wilderness Carriage passengers have access to the open balcony for splendid views and receive a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice on boarding, tea and coffee plus

9am departures - canapés, morning tea, light lunch.

2:15pm departures - afternoon tea (Tasmanian Tasting Tower – 3-tiered stand of sweet & savoury Tasmanian produce)

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Queenstown Explorer - Strahan – Queenstown – Strahan. Duration: 9 hrs

A full day return steam train journey that includes the King River Gorge, the “rack” section of the railway track (steepest steam rail in the southern hemisphere) the magnificent rainforest and all stations along the way. The train stops in Queenstown for one and a half hours allowing passengers to explore the historic mining town and discover the region’s rich history with a guided or self-guided tour. With so much to discover you will return to Strahan having experienced this remarkable railway and its triumph over adversity.

*Full day (8.30 to 5.30) journey * Combines all the elements of the Rack and Gorge and River and Rainforest journeys plus 1 ½ hours in Queenstown * Walking tour of Queenstown included * Browse the eclectic shops * Live commentary throughout.

Heritage Carriage passengers can purchase refreshments at station stops along the way. Wilderness Carriage passengers have access to the open balcony for splendid views and receive a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice on boarding, morning tea, lunch at Queenstown Station, afternoon tea, tea and coffee

Bookings must be made direct via the Book Now button below. Rates are subject to change. Please visit the website below for current prices.

Phone: +61 (0)3 6471 0100

Address/depature point: Queenstown Station, 1 Driffield Street, Queenstown, Tasmania 7467 AUSTRALIA

Email: enquiries@wcwr.com.au