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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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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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

Bordertown, South Australia, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We booked this trip before leaving home.The journey began in Straun on a meticulously restored steam train. Travelling along a narrow gauge track venturing into the wild forests,rivers and steep mountains. Several stops for excellent photo encounters and a very welcome lunch stop.This journey should not be missed if you may consider it expensive believe me it is worth it.... More

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

Thank you for the very kind feedback regarding your experience on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. The team work hard to maintain the historic steam locomotives and carriages and to provide an entertaining and informative experience for passengers. The current experience from Queenstown is a wonderful journey and includes the steepest section of the track, ( and the some of... More

Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were lucky enough to get the last seats on the winter carriage for this railway experience which runs less frequently in winter. We thought 'no need to book, it's winter so no one will be there' but we underestimated the popularity of this attraction! Our carriage was full of a lovely bunch of people, some other couples and a... More

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

It was a pleasure to read your recent review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway and I was thrilled that you enjoyed the experience. Tom does a fantastic job and is passionate about west coast history, the wilderness and ensuring passengers have a positive experience. We are in the process of finalising the summer season programme and when it is... More

Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Departing from Queenstown, this beautifully restored steam train will take about four hours to complete a round trip that includes a slow climb up through the West Coast mountains, stopping at several restored stations (all with very gratefully welcomed bathroom facilities), before the engine is uncoupled and turned at Dubbil Barril station for the downhill run back to Queenstown. From... 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 pleased you enjoyed the overall experience and would recommend it to others. The train chugs up and down some of the steepest rail in the world - an amazing feat today and even more amazing when it opened 117 years ago! The restored carriages are warm however... More

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a fantastic way to explore this beautiful and historically rich region. I had limited time but really wanted to see the wilderness forest, get an insight into the history of this mining region and I'm a sucker for ride on a steam train. The time-generous tour offered all of this and more in a highly professional way. I'd... 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 delighted to read that you enjoyed the interpretation that focusses on the history of the region and magnificent wilderness. The railway is operating throughout winter and passengers can enjoy the wilderness and history from the warmth of the Wilderness carriage while enjoying morning tea and lunch. Once... More

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

An awesome day, would not have missed it for anything. Trains are kept in beautiful condition, service is outstanding. Do stop at the cafe and round the day off with a late lunch.

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

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed our new Steaming Winter Experience! The café team will be thrilled they also received a mention in your review. The café staff are passionate about using Tasmanian produce to bake and create as much as they can in our kitchen. The café is open six days ( Mon-Sat) and a perfect place... More

Perth, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We thought we should do this while we were in the area and certainly weren't disappointed. A lot of effort had gone into making this an interesting journey. At the time we did our trip we booked on the Wilderness Carriage with the balcony out the back of the railcar. The fare didn't include any food and I would recommend... 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 pleased you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others. You may be interested to know that we have reviewed our Wilderness Experience and it now includes a more comprehensive food and beverage component including Tasmanian sparkling wine, morning tea, light lunch and continuous piping hot... More

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