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West Coast Wilderness Railway

1 Driffield Street, Strahan, Tasmania 7467, Australia
+61 3 6471 0100
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Strahan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: Step back in history and climb aboard a majestic steam train at Queenstown Station. The West Coast Wilderness Railway journey is a half day Tasmanian... more » Owner description: Step back in history and climb aboard a majestic steam train at Queenstown Station. The West Coast Wilderness Railway journey is a half day Tasmanian heritage experience which operates original Dubs & Co Abt steam locomotives. The route traverses rugged mountains and travels through enchanting Gondwana rainforest, still home to the ancient Huon Pine. Journey deep into the heritage of the wild West Coast, where tales of resilience and triumph showcase the iconic local spirit. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the rugged and isolated region. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We chose the 'expensive' seats and were absolutely satisfied with our choice. From the welcome on board sparkling wine, endless tasty snacks and other drinks we were very well looked after. The scenery is amazing, the carraige warm and comfortable and our hosts very friendly and engaging. Would thouroughly recommend to anyone visiting Strahan.

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

.Thank you for your review - the Wilderness Carriage is a great way to enjoy the West Coast Wilderness Railway complete with welcome sparkling wine, morning tea and lunch - for those travelling on the Heritage Carriage it’s still a comfortable and warm carriage and morning tea / lunch can be purchased before you leave from Queenstown station or from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We really enjoyed the friendly and informative hosts of our train journey. The enthusiasm of the two young hosts really made the whole day enjoyable. The scenery and the train were stunning. The carriages were beautifully restored and very comfortable. The light meal and snacks were delicious and well spaced out. We'd really recommend any historian or rail enthusiasts to... More

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Narooma, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed WCWR. The staff at the stations and on the train were friendly, competent, efficient and very informative. We paid the little extra to get the upgrade, which welcomed us on board with a glass of champagne and plied us with an abundance of delicious food. The scenery is spectacular, with some great photo opportunities.

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

What a pleasure it was to read your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience in our Wilderness Carriage complete with delicious Tasmanian food and wine! We are preparing for the summer season which will feature new half day and full day experiences operating from Strahan - both will include Wilderness carriages complete... More

Ellendale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This four hour plus tour takes a historical trip through the wilderness of Queenstown. Andrew and the team were great hosts and the food was lovely. There was plenty of time to relax on board and each stop was entertaining too. No there isn't a vast amount of room on board but it is an historical carriage after all and... More

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

Thank you for taking the West Coast Wilderness Railway journey and for your positive review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others. As you mentioned even when it's raining and cold this is an experience that does not rely on the weather to be enjoyed! Once again thank you and we wish you... More

Melbourne, Australia
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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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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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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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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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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 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

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