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“Not bad but wasn't overwhelmed.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of West Coast Wilderness Railway

West Coast Wilderness Railway
1 Driffield Street, Strahan, Tasmania 7467, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 11 attractions in Strahan
Type: Scenic Railroads
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not bad but wasn't overwhelmed.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Got up early in the morning and drove from Cradle Mountain to Queenstown to catch this train and 3/4 into the train trip the fans and aircon packed it in and on the way back.It was 35degrees and there's no openable windows so it was extremely hot and uncomfortable,the scenery wasn't that great most of the view is of rock walls half a mtr away form windows.Wasnt a bad way to spend 4hrs if the aircon worked.

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Newcastle, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“A highlight of our holiday in Tassie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The WCWR has only recently started running again from Queenstown. We did the morning tour with our 2 young boys but would recommend it to anyone. The company was highly professional to deal with and the staff on board the train were friendly, fun and informative. It was obvious they were passionate locals with a genuine interest in ensuring everyone was having a good day.

The carriages on the train are stunningly restored - the woodwork was gleaming inside the carriages. It was good to have lots of frequent stops. Our boys particularly enjoyed the chance to pan for gold. No luck for us, but quite few others found small bits of gold. The scenery was fantastic and it was good to learn about the history of the area and the railway in a fun way.

Would highly recommend this tour to others - it has been a highlight of our stay in Tassie!

Visited January 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Great historic ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This railway has only just reopened on the 6th Jan. The ride was a unique experience that you don't often see, with the steam train having to top up with water at every stop and then being turned around on a turntable by the two drivers so that the engine could be attached to the other end of the train to return to Queenstown. There is a coffee shop at one of the stops (that you visit twice). The commentary on the train is very informative and entertaining.

Visited January 2014
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Probably best heritage railway in the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Our family has visited many heritage railways in the UK and some are outstanding. However, the WCWR has it all - a fascinating history, lovely engines and beautiful carriages, spectacular scenery, the steep rack and pinion section and great service. At stops along the route our family enjoyed gold panning, had an excellent lunch ( gluten-free version was available on request), got up close to the steam engine on the turntable and tried a range of specialist honeys.The railway runs for many miles and must be one of the best family days out in Tasmania.

Visited January 2013
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Perth, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Go, when it is running again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The West Coast Wilderness Railway was a treat. We took the bus up (less popular, so less crowded) and came down by train. We paid extra for the 'first class'. The carriage was comfortable and spacious; the food delicious; the wine and beer plentiful; the service exemplary; the view was leafy, green and gorgeous; and the private 'balcony' at the end of the train a particular bonus as it allowed us to get outside and see more of the train, the track and the terrain. All in all, worth every cent. It is a shame that the railway is still shut because of damage to the track. Go as soon as it reopens. But, don't expect to drive at the end. We walked back around the bay (a slow, slightly sloshed, 40 minutes to sober up, but also beautiful and worth it).
We visited a while ago, but I had to choose January 2013 as there were no earlier dates!

Visited January 2013
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