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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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Awesome just getting an idea on the Working conditions.

It was an eye opener ,it would have been tough for the construction gang, Katrina ,the host of our carriage, was excellent, her knowledge and delivery was very good,The train... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Dale R
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It was an eye opener ,it would have been tough for the construction gang, Katrina ,the host of our carriage, was excellent, her knowledge and delivery was very good,The train drivers were eager to answer queztions,the staff all together were friendly and informative.all in all a very good day

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

We are delighted you enjoyed your experience on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Katrina and the team will be delighted to read your feedback. Very pleased the commentary helped bring to life the challenges of living and working on the West Coast over 100 years ago. We are currently in the busiest month of the year so we recommend people... More 

Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Best trip we've done in a long time! The scenery was awesome, from the picturesque seaside village of Strahan, along the King River, up through the rainforest to Queenstown. We paid the extra and went Wilderness Class, and it was worth every cent! The all-Tassie fare was exceptional, and it felt like we never stopped eating. Wonderful and comical commentary... 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 Queenstown Explorer - this full day journey was introduced late last year and has been very popular. The Wilderness Carriage is generally the first carriage to sell out on all of the tours we operate and I am pleased you enjoyed the food and beverage service. The stewards will be delighted... More 

Perth Hills, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic venture, a beautiful old steam engine, fabulous carriages, polished timbers,deep into the rainforest. Must do when you.are here.

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

Thank you for your review - we are always so pleased when we hear how much passengers have enjoyed the experience. The trains have been running to near capacity with many people from around Australia and the rest of the world making the trip to discover the beautiful West Coast of Tasmania and all it offers. Wishing you safe and... More 

Launceston, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I found trying to book online very confusing and finally rang the tour office in Strahan who were very helpful. The trip was interesting and our tour guide was very good. We tried to book the wilderness carriage however that seems to fill up that quickly so if u want wining & dining book early. If u go on the... 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 Heritage experience. I am pleased you enjoyed the commentary and the scenery. The west coast has had some very hot days in the past wee and the carriage air conditioning has struggled. As a result we are reviewing the cooling options for the carriages on very hot days to improve... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A lack of water for the steam engine at both the first stop and the next stop meant that when we arrived at the first stop we then sat there while somebody was supposedly seeking permission to turn around and take us back. Although what we did get to see was very nice and we enjoyed the ride, I wouldn't... 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 River and Rainforest journey. I was pleased you enjoyed several aspects of the journey however please accept my apologies for the water supply issues we experienced on the day and the subsequent manner in which the issue was handled. Clearly we have not provided the level of experience and... More 

Adelaide
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Absolutely wonderful scenery. It is amazing how the pioneer's managed to build track. The commentary was informative and amusing. It is a 4 hour trip with three stops. As it is a popular attraction the train was fully booked with 3 carriages and a "dining wagon" ie a carriage where you can buy refreshment when the train is at a... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the River and Rainforest experience. I am delighted you enjoyed the journey and that you would recommend it to others. Wishing you safe and memorable travels in Tasmania. More 

Torquay, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We took the half day Queenstown to Dubbil Barril "Rack and Gorge" package but be careful - you need to book at least 3 to 5 days in advance as it is booked out this time of year. Pack some morning tea/refreshments and get ready for a taste of Tassies wilderness with magnificent views over the King River Gorge all... 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 half day tour from Queenstown. This a very popular tour and so pleased you enjoyed it. It is a great half day and due to the steep inclines the steam locomotive can only pull three carriages so it never gets too busy! Thanks again for your review and wishing you... More 

Hervey Bay, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We did the Strahan afternoon trip. 2pm to 6pm. Too long for us and the young family seated next to us! Beautiful loco. Preserved like an old Rolls Royce. That was the highlight. Scenery is lovely in places. The river looks red from mining fall out. The young man doing the commentary was very entertaining. The history of the area... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the River and Rainforest Heritage carriage half day tour departing from Strahan. The team do a wonderful job of maintaining the steam locomotives and I am pleased you enjoyed the scenery and commentary. Unfortunately the Wilderness Carriage does book out very quickly so unfortunately you were not able to enjoy our delicious high tea!... More 

Lennox Head, Australia
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358 reviews 358 reviews
200 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

I am impressed by this historical rail trip. The engine and carriages are immaculately kept, the staff are friendly, professional, and entertaining, the short walks at the stops are interesting and well maintained. I did the rainforest half day trip from Strahan, enjoyed it and would recommend the trip.

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

Thank you for your review of the half day River and Rainforest Experience - the team will be thrilled to read your comments and know you enjoyed the day. Wishing you safe and memorable onward travels. More 

London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The history of this railway and the building of it is an amazing story .We went on the whole day trip- - what makes this railway special to enthusiasts (my fella) is the rachet mechanism which it engages to get it up and down the steep slopes - there are apparently only a few in the world - that this... 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 Railways Queenstown Explorer experience. It is a unique journey and very popular with rail and non rail enthusiasts alike! We also offer half day experiences from both Strahan and Queenstown. Once again thank you for your review and wishing you safe and memorable travels. More 

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