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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 did the Queenstown to Dubbil Barril return trip. Thomas the guide was fanstastic...very engaging, knowledgable and professional in all aspects. Even with the rude ladies... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We did the Queenstown to Dubbil Barril return trip. Thomas the guide was fanstastic...very engaging, knowledgable and professional in all aspects. Even with the rude ladies sitting next to us talking whilst Thomas was explaining information about the train, the railway and each location, he maintained his composure and professionalism. The tour stops at various stations along the way, leaving... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We travelled on the railway in a party of 5 - the oldest being 65 and the youngest 3 years old. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip with delicious food and drinks (bubbly at 10am - why not?!) They made my 3 year old son feel very welcome and special and provided colouring in when his attention was wavering in... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we are thrilled you enjoyed the half day journey. We design our tours to be enjoyed by all ages so pleased to hear that the most senior and junior of your party enjoyed the day equally! Once again many thanks for your review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My family of 5 booked a trip on the rack and gorge section of the railway on 6.07.15.Being a train buff myself and having travelled the Nilgiri rack railway in S.India now WHO heritage listed which uses the same ABT system as a teenager this trip was much awaited.A reasonably clear day presented itself and after a stop at Lynchford... More 

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

Dear Michael, thank you so much for your review of the Rack and Gorge Steaming Winter experience. I am delighted you and your family enjoyed the half day experience. I am thrilled that you found the commentary throughout the journey to be informative and humorous - this feedback will be passed on to the team. The workshop and crew do... More 

Hoi An, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Fantastic trip with informative guides on the history of the region and the unique rack and pinion rail system. Amazing to think this was built 150 years ago. The food on the train was delicious - locally made and generously served. We travelled mid winter, and the cold and rain only added to the authenticity of the trip.

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of our Steaming Winter experience - we are delighted you enjoyed the half day tour and the kitchen staff will be thrilled that you enjoyed their fare! We have a month to go of our Steaming Winter schedule and then add a service making it six days / services a week until Christmas. Once... More 

Devonport
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

So glad to see this unique railway doing the full journey again. Surprised event delegates mentioned "hogwarts" and "platform nine and three quarters" among other very complimentary comments about this experience. Definitely a not-to-be-missed experience when visiting Tasmania.

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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 night service we ran as a private service complete with staff lined up with oil lamps at Lynchford Station did bring back memories of the Harry Potter books and films! Delighted you enjoyed the train and thank you for your support - the train is... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Mount Lyell No. 3 built 1898 is the valiant workhorse of the railway, an immaculate little steam engine that pulls period correct coaches into the wilderness. They said the line couldn't be built but thank God it was, so steam and history enthusiasts can experience one of the great little railway journeys in the world. I arrived early at the... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your review of the Rack and Gorge Winter experience - winter is a wonderful time to experience the railway - the views of the King River gogrge, the rainforest and the narrow cuttings as steam billows out from the original locomotives and all from the comfort and warmth of your carriage while being served morning tea... More 

Tasmania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We did he Queenstown - Dubbil Barril - Queenstown trip as it was the only trip on offer the day we wanted to do the trip. Honestly im glad we didn't do a full day trip as it gave us time to get to Strahan and have a look around before night time. We booked the Wilderness Class carriage. The... More 

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

Thank you for your review - I am delighted you enjoyed the scenery, food and the service provided by Katrina. I am disappointed you were not able to adequately hear the commentary - this is an important part of the experience. We will have a technician check the carriage pa system and ensure it is rectified. Please accept my apologies... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We loved our trip on the Rivers and Rainforests tour. The tour guide we had was knowledgeable and very entertaining. He was really good at answering questions from the group. The route the train took was absolutely spectacular with bridges, rainforests and the beautiful King River. It was great to get out regularly at stations with a honey tasting station... More 

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

Thank you for the review - the train is a great option in all weather and in the cold even it creates even more steam as it journeys deep into the rainforest along the King River! The train is popular with families and children over school holiday periods and throughout 90 % of the journey there is no internet coverage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Took the trip with 3 kids from Strahan to Dubbil Barril and return. Thouroughly enjoyed the scenery and the stories and history that our tour guide privided. Was also very knowledgeable regarding any questions people had for anything he hadn't mentioned in the history.

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

Thank you for travelling with us on the Steaming Winter River and Rainforest journey - it is a popular half day tour and we run it throughout the year. The experiences we offer appeal to all ages and so pleased you and your children enjoyed the day. Our stewards and guides are passionate about the west coast and the railway... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We experienced the winter timetable from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril (return) on the rack and pinion rail. Lovely food along the way, with great service and commentary by the "Guard". Sure it was cold...freezing, raining, even hail...but we were snug in the lovely renovated carriage, pulled by a quaint old steam train, and the whole experience was excellent....the scenery sure... More 

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

Thank you for your review - we are thrilled you enjoyed the Rack and Gorge Winter Steaming experience! One of the beauties of the train is that it is enjoyable in all weather and in July we will be serving mulled wine to help warm passengers up! The café team will also be chuffed with your recommendation. Once again thank... More 

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