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Address: 62 Esplanade, Strahan, Tasmania 7468, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6471 0100
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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If you can spare the time do it!

Loved our 9 hour day on the train. We were lucky enough to be on the Wilderness Carriage which included champagne or juice and canapés on boarding followed by scones, endless tea... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved our 9 hour day on the train. We were lucky enough to be on the Wilderness Carriage which included champagne or juice and canapés on boarding followed by scones, endless tea or coffee, other beverages can be purchased on board. Lunch was at the Queenstown station cafe. There were stops along the way including a Honey tasting. The return... More 

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Andrew R, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Hello Glenda, Thanks so much for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your Queenstown Explorer journey with us. There is so much history associated with the railway and the region that it is hard to fit it all even into a full day. As you suggest, we do also have half-day excursions from both Strahan and Queenstown... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an activity we contemplated due to the cost. We took the cheaper option of the heritage carriage and were pleasantly surprised it was a great morning out, very picturesque and informative on the Rack and Gorge tour, well worth it.

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Andrew R, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Hello Jobey, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your experience aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway. You took the Heritage Carriage option, which offers a great experience and includes all the narration and interpretation from our guides as well as the experiences at all the station stops. Heritage Carriage passengers can purchase snacks and refreshments at the station stops along... More 

Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the full day steam train trip from Strahan to Queenstown and back. This trip cost $225 per person. There is also $165 seats but these tickets do not include food or a table. More food than you can eat is included in the $225 pp carriage. The train winds through the national park rain forest up and down... More 

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This steam railway using restored locomotives from the original railway offers a variety of trips lasting several hours on the old routes used for logging and mining. The carriages are reproductions but are lovely and the Wilderness carriage has a balcony viewing area. High tea is included with a glass of bubbly and canapés on starting off in the Wilderness... More 

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Andrew R, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Hello Loretta, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your journey with us aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself and hope you'll let all your family and friends know too. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought let the kids have a taste of steam engine train and absorb its rich history. Well the top speed is 25km/h. So kids do get restless after a slow ride. The staff were really good. There were story telling and constant interaction with thr carriage staff. Unless you are keen on the rich history or have keen interests... More 

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Andrew R, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Hello Sethanon, Thank you for your feedback. We certainly appreciate your comments and are sure they are applicable to some teens and families. However we find that generally families really enjoy the experience of the railway. It's not fast - a factor of the incredible engineering accomplishment to drive the line through this extraordinary landscape back in the 1890s, using... More 

Goombungee, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The full service carriage was booked out and, as we were only in Queenstown for a few days, we booked in a regular carriage. We were not disappointed. The staff were exceptional. The commentary was both informative and entertaining. The whole experience was "first class"!

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Anthony B, General Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our half day Rack & Gorge Experience in our Heritage carriage. Yes the Wilderness carriage sells out quickly and it is rare to be able to get a seat without a booking well in advance, however as you have experienced the staff are exceptional no matter where you are as they are passionate and... More 

Cambewarra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we knew the west coast railway tour experience was owned by the tasmanian government we were expecting...well....government....service....oxymoron intended. But No...the marvellous people that staff and run the west coast wilderness railway are totally professional, seem to love their work and are very proud of what the railway represents, was once, and is now. the standard of the carriages and... More 

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Anthony B, General Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your experience in the Wilderness carriage on the all day Queenstown Explorer. We enjoy reading feed back from guests especially when we exceed their expectations and please to see we have done so on this occasion. We have a fantastic team that are passionate about both keeping the railway going and ensuring we deliver... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I recently did the rack and gorge trip out of queenstown. The carriages are comfortable and the restored steamers impressive, even if the first steamer had some technical difficulties with the the rack section. After changing locomotives and a free drink or two for the troubles we had an amazing experience on the restored west coast railway... More 

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Anthony B, General Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your half day Rack & Gorge experience in our Wilderness carriage. Our loco's that are up to 120 years old and sometimes want a day off, however we will always do what ever we can to ensure you enjoy your experience and glad this was no exception. I have passed on your feedback to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pricey but worth it - you get an entertaining and factual commentary during the train ride and regular leg stretches in amazing wilderness surroundings. You can also pan for gold - the woman opposite me found a $20 nugget - and if you are very flush with cash you can ride in the saloon car and get plied with canapes... More 

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Anthony B, General Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your experience on West Coast Wilderness Railway through what we too believe is a unique part of the world. While the heritage carriage is a great experience the Wilderness carriage adds that little bit extra with food, drinks and a balcony out the back that allows you to get closer to the amazing beauty.... More 

Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery, great staff, excellent commentary. We were in the Heritage carriage with Kathleen and thoroughly enjoyed our day.

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Anthony B, General Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your experience on West Coast Wilderness Railway. I always take pleasure to forward guests comments to the team who work so hard to ensure the experience is the best it can be. We look forward to welcoming you back when you are next in the region. More 

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