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West Coast Wilderness Railway

1 Driffield Street, Strahan, Tasmania 7467, Australia
+61 3 6471 0100
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Strahan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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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.

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Tasmania, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Our trip on the Wilderness Railway departed from Queenstown on a very overcast day, however as the day progressed the weather cleared to make for a very pleasant trip. We were in the rear carriage and although more expensive we were given a glass of sparkling wine before departure and fed through out the journey. Commentary provided through out the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

There's nothing I love more than vintage trains, so riding the West Coast Wilderness Railway was a 'must-do' for us when we were visiting this beautiful part of Tasmania. It's a really enjoyable day out. Even the drizzling rain didn't spoil the fun of travelling back in time on this beautiful old train. The engines are restored vintage, and the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a not-to-be-missed experience for anyone visiting the Queenstown/Strahan area. Board the 9.00am train with a glass of local sparkling wine. Sit back and wave to those left on the platform as the engine transports you back in time to one of the remotest places on earth. The route you are taking was opened up... More

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Churchill, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic trip. Food was excellent and plentiful. Katrina our host was just fantastic and kept us all informed and amused. Would advise anyone visiting the West Coast of Tasmania to do this trip. Wish we could also have done the one from Strahan but that is not starting until 15 December.

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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 - so pleased you enjoyed the half day. The team greatly appreciate the feedback and knowing they have created positive memories of the west coast. Once again thank you for travelling on the West Coast Wilderness Railway and wishing you safe and memorable travels in Tasmania. More

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We did the half day tour. We chose the lunch package and got to suit in the dining car. It was sooo worth it. The scenery was amazing and our tour guide Andrew was great

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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 Wilderness Experience - I am really pleased you enjoyed Andrews’s commentary,the food and beverage throughout the journey and the overall experience. Wishing you safe and pleasant travels for the remainder of your time in Tasmania. More

Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What a wonderful and amazing journey we had on the train. We opted for the Wilderness carriage and the extra was well worth it. Greeted with champagne to start us off on the early start and the food kept coming, definitely did not go hungry, morning tea, mini pies, soup, coffee and tea could not ask for more. The staff... More

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

Thank you for your review - very pleased you enjoyed the Wilderness Carriage, the King River gorge and all the food and beverage served throughout the journey. We constantly marvel at the engineering and construction feat it took to build the railway 120 years ago and that it is still operating is testimony to the fine job they did! More

Townsville, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The train journey was a delightful experience from every point-of-view. We were greeted by a glass of champagne (at 9 o'clock in the morning!) which set the mood for us and our fellow travellers. Food was definitely not a shortage and nor was the beautiful scenery. All the staff were lovely and the story telling kept us entertained. I would... 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. The Rack and Gorge experience in the Wilderness Carriage is a grand way to experience the journey. We don't think it’s ever too early to be drinking fine Tasmanian sparkling wine - the earlier the better! So pleased you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to... More

Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Lovely trip and stops at three stations, one of which lets you go gold panning and another a rainforest walk.. We opted for the catering option and were surprised to receive a champagne drink upon arrival, morning tea, beautiful soup for lunch and dessert. All five star. The journey was very interesting with the track cutting through the forest with... 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 - delighted you enjoyed the Wilderness inclusions and all that the journey offers. We will be adding new full day and half day experiences when we open the remainder of the track on December 15. Wishing you safe and memorable travels. More

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We booked the Rack and Gorge adventure in Oct 14. It was drizzling and overcast all day, which didn't detract from the enjoyment one bit. WE opted for the wilderness package, which included champagne on arrival, hot speciality mini-pies on departure, hot scones with cream and jam for morning tea, unlimited tea, coffee or hot chocolate, hot soup and fresh... 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 West Coast Wilderness Railway and so pleased you enjoyed the experience. I think your review says it all - thank you and wishing you safe and memorable travels in Tasmania. More

Bussum, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

So far the best part of our tour Down Under. We stayed the night before in a Queenstown Motel, heard about the sad disasters in- and consequently the even sadder closing of the mines, climbed the Spion Kopf and were impressed by the story around it all. The Railway Tour fitted perfect in our historic and short visit to Queenstown.... More

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

What a great pleasure it was to read your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway - we are thrilled you enjoyed the Rack and Gorge experience and the commentary provided by Tom. He will be delighted to read your high praise (and I couldn't agree more!). So pleased you found some gold during the gold panning - spend the... More

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