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West Coast Wilderness Railway

1 Driffield Street, Strahan, Tasmania 7467, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Strahan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Traveler Description: The West Coast Wilderness Railway is operating a limited service on the first half of the line from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and return.  The line... more »
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The trip from Queenstown was excellent. The locomotives and rollingstock are beautifully restored and clearly well maintained. The scenery of the trip was outstanding. The Steward Andrew was excellent and told a facinating story of the early development of the surrounding area and railway. The loco crew Tristan and Troy were very friendly and happy to explain the workings of... More

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

It was great to read your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway - we appreciate the feedback. Troy, Tristan and Andrew and the entire team are passionate advocates for the railway and enjoy bringing the interesting social history of the railway to life. Keeping the steam locomotives and rolling stock in running condition requires a dedicated and skilled workshop... More

Goulburn Valley
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Fantastic experience..a little bit pricey but we had a great tour guide that was engaging and answered all out questions.. Food was a little average but overall was worth it!

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. On August 11 our schedule increases to run four trains a week and will include our Heritage Carriage. This doesn't include food and beverage making if more affordable - check our website for details. Thanks again for your review and recommending the experience to other travellers. Wishing you safe... More

Adelaide, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We did a winter wilderness package which meant we spent half a day going from Queenstown to Dubbil Barill and back again. On the train we were given pleanty of food (including soups, scones, a glass of champagne and sweet surprise at the end). Although there was no toilets on the trail there were many stops so this wasn't an... More

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway - we were very pleased to read you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to other travellers. We are preparing and excited about the new summer schedule / new experiences that commence December15. We will continue to run regular services until then and our website has... More

Burnie, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a great time on the train. Tom was very entertaining and and my lad found a speck of gold with the gold pan. Great views and lovely clean and comfortable carriages.

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. I was thrilled to read you had a good experience and enjoyed the interpretation provided by our on train guide, Tom. The gold panning is always a popular experience with children and adults and even more so when you strike gold! Once again thank you for your... More

Wagga Wagga, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This Railway Journey is a terrific way to gain an appreciation of this bushl and the work that went into building this supply line between Queenstown and Strahan. The trains are excellent, the carriages are great, the lunch was good, the stops are interesting and the overall experience is unique and first-rate. We are so glad that we chose to... More

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. It is always very encouraging to hear of the positive experiences our passengers enjoy and the memories of the railway and west coast they take away. Once again thank you for your feedback and wishing you safe and enjoyable travels during the remainder of your time in... More

Hobart, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a "must do" for anyone visiting the west coast. The rail trip was exhilarating in both the sunshine and the rain, and the Tasmanian fare and hospitality was outstanding. Our journey was made the more enjoyable by the entertaining, knowledgeable and historical storytelling of our host, Thomas. This enabled us to relive the rich mining history of the... More

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway - it was a pleasure to read your comments and Tom and the team will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the experience. We have just released our summer schedule that operates from mid-December and includes two half day and a full day experience. The railway will be... More

Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

What a great day even though we only went half way due to workson the line. The day was great we travelled in the Wilderness carriage and found our host Tom very entertaining and filling use with knowledge all day. Lunch and snachs were all great what a great day highly recommend.

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Tom and the team do a fantastic job and I am pleased you enjoyed his commentary and the delicious Tasmanian produce we serve throughout the journey. We will be offering a new range of experiences commencing mid December 2014 that will include a full day return journey traversing... More

Queensland, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The trip is fantastic & highly recommend the winter experience where u get to try TAS sparking wine & yummy food. The staff have that vibe that nothing was too many trouble & always happy to help. Tom & Christine were full of local knowledge & provided 1st class service along the way & Rochelle was extremely friendly although she... More

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. The team of guides and stewards lead by Tom do a great job and are passionate advocates for the railway and the region. Thanks again for your review and I wish you many more positive experiences in Tasmania. More

Ballarat, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went on the Winter Experience tour, it was fantastic. Our guide Tom was a legend and made the trip even better. The courses of local produce served along the way were quite tasty, we certainly didn't go hungry. I did feel sorry for the travelers in the other carriage that didn't have the food included; when we sat down... More

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. I was happy to read that you enjoyed the Wilderness Experience complete with morning tea, lunch, sparkling Tasmanian wine and continuous tea and coffee! I also encourage travellers to book as soon as they have their travel plans finalised for the west coast to avoid disappointment! That said we... More

Byron Bay
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is one not to miss. A very enjoyable and relaxing historical journey. Great stories and service. Go Wilderness class and you get a glass of bubbly and food as the little train climbs up the amazing rack and pinion track. It is an expensive outing but the money is going to a great project. Good value all up.

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Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and recommendation to other travellers to experience the West Coast Wilderness Railway. The journey takes in the interesting history of the west coast while delving deep into the rugged and beautiful rain forest. I am pleased you enjoyed it and thanks again for your review. More

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