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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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South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

did the tour from queenstown to dubbil barril- Thomas the guide was very good with his history, delivery and humour. the spot of gold digging we did was great

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

Thank you for your review and Tom and the rest of the crew will be delighted you enjoyed the day. Wishing you safe and memorable travels for your time in Tasmania. More

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A fantasticjourney through the forrest. The staff were wonderful, friendly and provided a whimsical look at the history of the railway. Loved every minute of the journey. The kids loved the steam train and were facinated by the rack and pinon track. A must do if you are in Tasmania, take the drive to Queenstown it is certainly worth the... More

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

Thank you for your review and recommendation that travellers make the trip to Queenstown and west coast. It is a unique part of Tasmania with a rich and interesting history and offers an authentic experience. I am pleased your children also enjoyed the experience - they are often the toughest critics of all! Wishing you safe travels and I hope... More

Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My husband, myself and friends for Adelaide have just enjoyed a most memorable trip on the Wilderness Railway. The history of the train and mining and the restoration of the carriages and engine was a sight to behold. The guide was very informative and had a great sense of humour. It is important to keep our Australian history on show.... More

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

It was a pleasure reading your review of the railway and so pleased we were able to leave such an impression. The West Coast has an amazing history and we are pleased to be able to share it with all that visit and take the journey. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future and we are... More

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We paid extra and got the Wilderness Class - definitely worth the extra money. Food, staff, entertainment/commentary was first class. The train was beautifully restored and the train trip was wonderful. We are in our mid 40's and was the youngest couple there but didn't worry us and would definitely recommend. A must if your in the area.

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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 - very pleased you enjoyed the Wilderness Carriage complete with Tasmanian sparkling wine on boarding the train and the morning tea and lunch and being the youngest passengers on board for the day (we normally charge extra for that!). If you had been here during school holidays it might... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The rack rail journey was originally used to take copper from Queenstown to Strahan. It has been restored and with beautiful new carriages The oil fired steam train takes you on a steep voyage up to Burrill burrill and return .Frequent short stops to top up the water .Travel through dense bush,over rugged country with an informative and amusing 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 West Coast Wilderness Railway - it's always so encouraging to read how people have enjoyed the experience. The West Coast has a rich and vibrant history and we are pleased to bring some the interesting stories back to life throughout the steam train journey. More

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went on the Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and Return version. Not a train buff as such, but interesting history of the Train, Track and Mining . Thomas the guide is spot on in history, delivery, and humour. A nice trip

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

Thank you for your review - its always encouraging for the entire team to know that passengers have enjoyed the experience - Tom will be thrilled with your comments. Wishing you safe and memorable travels in Tasmania. More

canberra
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We did the 4 hour Rack and Gorge tour - Queenstown - Dubbil Barril - Queenstown. We booked a Heritage fare which was more than adequate for us. We packed our own lunch snacks and drinks. For $50 (Wilderness fare) extra you get wine, tea coffee, lunch, use of an outside train balcony (which looked like it was blocked by... More

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

Thank you for your review - Queenstown has an amazing history and we are pleased you enjoyed learning more about it and the wonderful rainforest and King River Gorge. We operate in a magical part of Tasmania and enjoy sharing this with anyone who takes the journey. Wishing you memorable travels in Tasmania . More

Bright, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We booked the Winter Wilderness experience and it was so good that both my wife, who is not usually a train fan, and I loved it. The combination of history, bush scenery, local history, rail history, RAIL, food service, and the entertainment provided by the crew made the whole outing a great and memorable adventure. Better that was expected and... More

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

.Thank you for your review - the winter experience was so popular we have kept it running permanently and renamed it the Rack and Gorge Wilderness Experience. So pleased you enjoyed it and all the inclusions. We also have a few new experiences commencing 15 December that are now on our website - I hope we can welcome you back... More

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

An enjoyable train experience for my family. Lovely restored carriage, relaxing journey! Very informative & interesting commentary by Andrew. Hospitable staff. Spectacular scenery.

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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 thrilled to read that you enjoyed the day and the commentary provided by Andrew and the team. We have a great team and it's always encouraging to read people have enjoyed the experience. Thanks again and wishing you happy and safe travels for the remainder of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

An absolutely lovely train ride through real rain forest and one of the only ways to see the King River. The commentary/story on board is excellent. Do advise to take a good amount of food if you travel in the Heritage Carriage. Food looked good and plentiful in Wilderness carriage (yes a bit jealous).Stop at Rhinadeena has Cafe but a... More

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

Thank you for travelling on the West Coast Wilderness Railway and for your review of the experience. Finding a little nugget of gold always helps get the day off to a good start! The team will be thrilled to read your comments. We will be conducting a review of the current experiences shortly and your comments will be included in... More

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