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West Coast Wilderness Railway

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Address: 1 Driffield St, Strahan, Tasmania 7467, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6471 0100
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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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a wonderful journey back in time with a steam engine pulling beautiful carriages. The service by Tom was excellent as was his commentary. Nothing too much trouble and he does it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
195Alison1956
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Launceston, Australia

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Launceston, Australia
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a wonderful journey back in time with a steam engine pulling beautiful carriages. The service by Tom was excellent as was his commentary. Nothing too much trouble and he does it all by himself. The driver was great too, explaining the engine and how everything works to anyone who asked. The idea of putting yourself into the lives of the... More 

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

Thank you for posting the wonderful review of the River and Rainforest - Tom and the team will be thrilled with your comments - the entire team do a great job and are passionate advocates for all things west coast and Tasmanian! The early settlers certainly lived pretty rough and tough - perhaps the sassafras bark tea helped take away... More 

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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The train was stunning as were the views we saw as we trundled along on the rack and pinion assent/descent. Beautiful food and drinks (all local) were served regularly, and the young conductor- as well as serving drinks and food stuffs, entertained us greatly with the story of the original two copper giants who opened up the land there. It... More 

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

I really enjoyed reading your review of the Rack and Gorge experience and am delighted you had such a wonderful day on the train . The team do a great job and are passionate about all things west coast and Tasmanian and enjoy sharing the amusing and interesting stories of the regions and railways history. Thank you for posting your... More 

Perth, Australia
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294 reviews
257 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The "River & Rainforest" trip is running during winter. Leaves at 10:00am and returns at 2:00pm. This is such a well organised and interesting trip. From the greeting onboard and a glass of Tasmainian champagne you are set for a great day. The beautiful scenery is outstanding and the food served onboard is delicious.

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of the half day River and Rainforest journey departing from Strahan - we run services throughout winter from both Strahan and Queenstown and they have been very popular with many services filling up ( so please book ahead!). I am thrilled you enjoyed the journey and all the inclusions! Thanks again and wishing you... More 

Linkoping, Sweden
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134 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing trip through the forests of Tasmania! The King river gorge is the highlight but it's really beautiful all the way. We had a very nice time on this train!

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

Thank you for the review - the Rack and Gorge is a great half day journey and the King River Gorge a highlight along with the steepest rail gradients in the southern hemisphere and beautiful rainforest! I am delighted you enjoyed the day and thank you for sharing yout feedback on tripadvisor. More 

australia
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great day out with my two kids- lots of fun and great food. Outstanding work by Tom who provided entertainment, history, the food and made it fun.

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

I was thrilled to read your review and delighted that you and your children enjoyed the train journey. Tom and the team do an outstanding job and he will be delighted to read your review. More 

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I loved our wilderness train ride. Host lady (Katrina) was very knowledgeable and shared a little history as well as waiting on the passengers in a professional and wonderful manner. Delicious local produce, beautiful cabins on the train. Absolutely amazing scenery ☺👍

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

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review - I am thrilled you enjoyed the half day and that Katrina was able to add to the experience. The train provides access to some wonderful Tasmanian wilderness that would otherwise be inaccessible. Thanks again and I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the west coast in the future. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A true taste of history as the train winds its way up the mountain. A definite must see for families visiting Strahan or Queenstown. Living in Belgrave it reminds me of puffing billy but a much steeper journey. The old world clatter of the geared climb up the high grade line provided an interesting change for our children to experience.

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

Thank you for sharing your review of the half day Rack and Gorge steam train journey - I am delighted you and your children enjoyed the experience and you would recommend it to others. You must have a very keen ear as interestingly Puffing Billy had one of our steam locomotives for many year ( now returned!) and still has... More 

Launceston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A magical experience. From the welcoming glass of bubbles in the beautifully restored railcar to the fascinating historical facts presented in a fun story, the delicious food to the awesome scenery, the journey was unforgettable. Friendly, relaxed and knowledgible staff contributed to a very special day.

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

Thank you for your amazing review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway - I am thrilled you enjoyed the experience and the team chuffed with your feedback. The railway runs tours throughout winter operating six journeys a week and it is a wonderful way to see stunning and wild Tasmanian wilderness. Once again thank you for sharing your review. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Boarded the train in Strahan on a wild wet and windy day. The carriages are very faithfully restored and a delight to be in for all the family. The views and sights were fabulous together with the history described to us by the amazing Catarina, our delightful host who made the day all the better. Her commentary during our trip... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your excellent review of the half day River and Rainforest tour departing from Strahan. The team (and especially Katrina!) will be thrilled to learn how much you enjoyed the day - from the food, the commentary and of course the beautiful scenery and wonderful rainforest. Once again thank you and I'm delighted you and your family... More 

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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

A great family activity, no matter the weather, learn about the history of the early settlers in the region and enjoy a short forest walk. Tour guide Kara was really interesting, happy to answer all your questions. She was great at involving the children on the train. You can buy lunch if needed - recommend their potato and leak soup... More 

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

What a wonderful review of the half day River and Rainforest train from Strahan - I am thrilled you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others! Kara along with the rest of the team does a marvellous job and like to ensure passengers of all ages are included and enjoy the experience. The kitchen team will also be... More 

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