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West Coast Wilderness Railway

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Address: 1 Driffield Street, Strahan, Tasmania 7467, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6471 0100
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Description: Step back in time, reliving the history as you climb aboard a majestic...
Step back in time, reliving the history as you climb aboard a majestic steam train. Indulge in local produce, watch the modern day workings of the locomotives, stroll through the rainforest, or simply relax and enjoy the motion of the train. The West Coast Wilderness Railway experience has something to offer everyone. With a range of full day and half day steam train experiences, departing from both Queenstown Station and the historic harbourside Regatta Point Station in Strahan, there is a journey to suit everyone. Discover the enchanting Gondwana rainforest - still home to the ancient Huon pine - from the comfort of your carriage, or the many opportunities to disembark at the outlying stations and explore at your own pace. Book today and let us welcome you onboard.
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Wonderful train ride through history and the King William Gorge

This was an enjoyable train ride. We took to half day trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril on the Tasmanian West coast wilderness railway. Though not a train buff, I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Angela H
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This was an enjoyable train ride. We took to half day trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril on the Tasmanian West coast wilderness railway. Though not a train buff, I was interested to learn about the rack and pinion system that had been imported from Switzerland to tackle the steepest grades in the Southern Hemisphere, and to watch how they... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We unfortunately left it too late to book the catered for all day train journey from Strahan to Queenstown so we opted for the normal carriage. The tour was very well executed with entertaining commentary. The "tickets" handed out as part of the experience need to be reinforced as part of the narrative of the day, it's like the tickets... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the full day Queenstown Explorer and valuable feedback. It is a very popular journey and we are planning on adding additional departures for next season. I am pleased you enjoyed the experience and we will include your comments in our end of season review. Wishing you safe and memorable travels in Tasmania. More 

Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A beautifully restored train. The scenery was magnificent, the commentary was good and the staff were pleasant. Champagne on arrival and a traditional afternoon tea rounded the day off beautifully.

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

Than you for your review of the River and Rainforest half day Wilderness carriage experience - the view and wilderness are stunning and equally matched by the superb High Tea the team prepare and serve on the train. So pleased to read your review and thank you for sharing on TripAdvisor. More 

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I suggest that you ring ahead whether doing the full day journey or the half day (2 - 6 p.m.) Rang the day before and missed out on the full day, however it didn't matter as the half day was so great! We opted to pay the extra for the high tea which was lovely. Super service and great commentary... More 

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

Thank you for your fantastic review of the River and Rainforest Wilderness experience - great advice regarding booking early as the trains are filling up especially this time of year in our peak month. Wishing you safe onward travels and plenty of memories to tempt friends and families with to visit Tasmania! More 

Hobart, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Due to time constraints we did the 4 hour Rack & Gorge tour from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril & return. 4 adults & we absolutely loved it. Very pleased we spent the extra & booked the wilderness carriage. We would all happily go back & do the full day tour if we ever get the chance. Our steward Sarah was... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review - the Rack and Gorge half day steam train experience is a popular journey and the Wilderness carriage complete with balcony and fine Tasmanian fare is booked out well in advance. We are delighted you enjoyed the day and the team will be thrilled with your comments. Once again thank you for the review... More 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I'm so pleased I decided to spend a bit extra and booked the wilderness balcony carriage and the whole day Queenstown Explorer trip. Our steward Katrina met every need and answered every question put to her. The commentary (coming from another carriage) by Tom was educational and entertaining. Sometimes it was a little difficult to hear his commentary over the... More 

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

I was delighted to read your review of the full day Queenstown Explorer - the Wilderness Carriage is a wonderful way to maximise the enjoyment the journey. That said many passengers enjoy the Heritage carriage and the opportunity to purchase morning tea along the way and choose from one of the cafes or the Empire Hotel to enjoy lunch in... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We took the Strahan to Queenstown return trip and really loved it. We tried to get the upgraded seats with meals but it was booked out until the end of March so just took a pack lunch. It was a long weekend in Tasmania but when we arrived at Queenstown there where plenty of places open to buy food if... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the full day Queenstown Explorer - I am thrilled you enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to others. It is a great rail journey through rugged terrain and stunning scenery. The Wilderness Carriage complete with welcome glass of sparkling wine, balcony, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is popular so we recommend passengers... More 

Sydney, Australia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
23 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Trains have never been my thing...until now! I loved this trip, we did the Strahan to Queenstown and back. The trip was close to 9 hours long and to be honest I thought the day was going to drag but it didn't! We went for the 'first class' tickets and it was amazing! We never splash out and upgrade on... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the all day Queenstown Explorer - the Wilderness carriage is a great way to experience the rugged, steep and picturesque scenery. The Wilderness carriage seats 26 so people wishing to enjoy the comfort and hospitality in this carriage need to book early as it does fill. We are always delighted to convert people into... More 

Southwell, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We took the train from Queenstown, which includes the rack and pinion section, a steep climb up over a ridge at up to 1 in 12 and then down the other side to the King River Gorge. We expected to see some lovely scenery and have fun seeing the steam engine but the surprise was the entertaining and informative commentary... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the Rack and Gorge experience - the scenery is stunning a highlight on the journey being the King River Gorge and the ever popular manual turning of the steam locomotive at Dubbil Barril. The commentary is as you mentioned an unexpected highlight for many people and the team do an excellent job of telling... More 

Young, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We went on this adventure as we thought it would be a nice scenic train ride. Little did we know how much we would learn about this fantastic railway and how it was built and the struggle and determination to keep it alive. The scenery is breathtaking and the rainforest walk is fantastic but our commentary along the way from... 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. Katrina and the crew will be so pleased to read your comments and find out how much you enjoyed the day. The experiences are all designed to provide a fun and informative picture of the history of the railway and west coast - delighted to hear you... More 

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