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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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We decided to pay the extra and go for a full day instead of half day....and it was well worth it. We had such fun. Katrina and Tom were such funny people and really made the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Hobart
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We decided to pay the extra and go for a full day instead of half day....and it was well worth it. We had such fun. Katrina and Tom were such funny people and really made the trip more enjoyable. It was hard to get good photos though, because we could lean out of the carriage because of safety reasons but... More 

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

Thank you for your review - we are delighted you enjoyed the full day Queenstown Explorer journey in the Wilderness Carriage. One of the highlights of the journeys is the narrow formation and cuttings the train passes through were cut by hand 120 years ago and they only made it wide enough for the train and carriages to pass without... More 

Hobart Tas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We were fortunate enough to have a wonderful afternoon on the River and Rainforest High Tea extravaganza. Loved the whole trip and even arriving back in to Strahan with a beautiful sunset on show for us. High Tea was perfect and we felt like we were experiencing the best of the best, food, wine, coffee and the amazing scenery. Staff... More 

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

We were thrilled to read your review of the River and Rainforest journey - so pleased you enjoyed the high tea, the service provided and you would recommend the experience to others. We will be continuing to operate both our signature half day journeys throughout winter and look forward to welcoming people who take your advice and "just do it'.... More 

Wyndham Vale, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The railway was an awesome experience. We took the 4 hour trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril, return. There were a couple of stops along the way with sights to see and photo opportunities. Definately worth the extra ticket price for the Wilderness experience over the Heritage because you get a much nicer carriage and all the pleasantries of light... 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 Wilderness Experience - it is a popular journey and the wilderness carriage that includes morning tea and lunch served while you travel is a great way to enjoy the half day. We will be running throughout winter all be it on a slightly modified timetable - please see our website... More 

Hobart, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We took the full day trip to Queenstown and back. A wonderful trip with lots of great information from the helpful staff about the history of the railway and its people. The short guided tour of Queenstown at lunchtime was very interesting. The trip is a little expensive, but the running costs must be very high, so I don't begrudge... 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 experience - as you point out the days are getting shorter and as a result we will only be running half day tours throughout winter - check our website for details. Thanks again for your review.. More 

Tasmania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We travelled in the Wilderness Carriage where there is a balcony and it is more intimate. Wow. We felt like a mini version of the Orient Express. The staff were absolutely amazing. Their attention to detail within service of our carriage was to be commended. We were taken so good care of, and the food just continued to be placed... More 

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

Thank you for travelling with us and your fantastic review - I am so pleased you enjoyed the wilderness carriage on our Rack and Gorge journey. We will be running this service throughout winter on a slightly modified timetable. Thank you once again and I look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Steaming out of Strahan had all the theatre of steam travel of old. As we settled into the rythm and enjoyed some champagne and nibbles the train began to get deeper and deeper into the wilderness. The big picture windows on the carriage allow the dramatic mountain views to flood into the coach and when the rack section of the... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Queenstown Explorer journey - we are thrilled you enjoyed the day and would recommend it to others. Wishing you safe and happy travels in Tasmania. More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My wife and I have now travelled on the West Coast Wilderness Railway twice and both times we enjoyed the absolute tripe out of it. This is, without a doubt, one the very best heritage/vintage railway journeys anywhere in Australia, in my humble opinion, and it really is a Must-Do for any steam rail buff. We chose to ride in... More 

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

It was a great pleasure to read your review of the railway - so pleased you enjoyed the entire experience and would recommend it to other travelers. We will be operating throughout winter albeit on a slightly modified timetable - please check our website for details. Wishing you safe and memorable travels in Tasmania. More 

Hobart, Australia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

We travelled with friends on the day trip Strahan to Queenstown and return to Strahan. It was a wonderful experience. We upgraded to the wilderness carriage, money well spent. Holly was a very pleasant hostess and along with Tom's running commentary and humour, it was an enjoyable trip. The only downer was the lunch, which although was homemade little pies... 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 journey - it is a popular tour and so pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you for your lunch suggestion - we will be reviewing the tours at the end of the season and your comments and suggestions will be included in the mix. Once again thank you for your... More 

Hobart, Australia
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This authentic steam ride experience runs from two locations: Strahan or Queenstown. There are half day and full day trips available but research the website carefully - the options vary from each starting point and not all options are available each day (it even varies by season). My preference - the Rack and Gorge half-day trip starting and finishing in... More 

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

Thank you for the very informative and complimentary review of the Rack and Gorge tour - this is a popular journey and is one of a very few remaining Abt rack and pinion operating railways around the world. The steam locomotives have been converted to run on re-cycled waste oil and no longer use diesel fuel. I am pleased you... More 

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Excellent trip. Good food, friendly staff & interesting trip & history. Well worth the money to have the morning tea & lunch included. This was the rack & pinion stretch of the railway which is very interesting as well as great scenery.

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

We were very pleased you enjoyed the Rack and Gorge half day journey - it is a popular tour and incorporates the steepest railway gradients in Australia and the views of the King River gorge are stunning. Thank you for posting your review and wishing you safe and memorable travels while you are in Tasmania. More 

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