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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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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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
chynphys
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Launceston, Australia

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No other word to describe the amazing sites and train trip we had. The staff were so friendly, the views were absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. I'd highly recommend paying the bit extra to go into the wilderness cabin as they serve you delicious food (and a lot of it) throughout the journey. Would definitely do the trip... More 

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

I was delighted to read your review of the railway - the Wilderness carriage is a wonderful way to experience the journey complete with morning tea, lunch, Tasmanian sparkling wine and throughout July mulled wine! I am thrilled you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others and the team will be thrilled with your comments. Once again thank... More 

Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lovely trip leaving from Strahan, even in the rain certainly got the true meaning of "Rainforest". Beautifully restored steam train and excellent service. Would certainly recommend this leisurely 4 hour train ride.

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Thank RL1957
Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Wonderful to read your review of the River and Rainforest journey - it is lovely as the train follows the harbour foreshore and the King river into the rainforest at Dubbil Barril. I am delighted you enjoyed the experience and the rainforest is always special in the rain. Once again thank you for your review. More 

Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glorious scenery and fabulous food - we had a brilliant day on this immaculately preserved steam train. Our host was fanastic and struck exactly the right balance between informing us, entertaining us and leaving us to marvel at the wilderness in peace. Very, very highly recommended.

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

Thank you for your review of the railway - I am thrilled you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others. The team do a fantastic job and will be delighted to read your comments. Once again thank you and wishing you safe and enjoyable onward travels. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled to Queenstown specifically to ride on the train . Well worth the trip , the train was fantastic, service was excellent . One gets to see a lot of Tasmanian bush that would otherwise be inaccessible. Went afterwards to the workshops and we were shown around. For a steam train lover to experience the rack system and steep... More 

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

I was thrilled to read your review of the Rack and Gorge half day tour - it is a unique journey through magnificent rainforest, traversing the steepest rail gradients of anywhere in the Southern hemisphere only made possible with ingenious Swiss engineering! I am pleased you had an opportunity to do the workshop tour - the team in the workshop... More 

Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a few days off and decided to visit Strahan again. We decided to go on the River and rain-forest rail journey that leaves from Strahan. The wilderness carriage was chosen and being from Tas. we received a nice discount. The trip starts with a lovely glass of Josef Chromy sparkling and then we eat lovely... 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 River and Rainforest in the Wilderness carriage - one of the many beauties of our rail experiences is that they can be enjoyed in all weather conditions! The team will be delighted with your feedback and I am very pleased you enjoyed the half day. Once again thank you for the review... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fabulous day on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. The train & carriages were immaculately restored. The service was fantastic . Katrina the hostess of our carriage was informative, lovely & very efficient. Her service of the food & drinks all day could not be faulted. The food & drinks were delicious, scenery beautiful and excellent commentary. I... More 

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

I was delighted to read your review of the River and Rainforest journey departing from Strahan. The team do a great job of keeping the locomotives and carriages in immaculate order and I was also thrilled to read how much you enjoyed the service provided by Katrina. Once again thank you for your review and wishing you enjoyable and memorable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the return rack and pinion journey from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril. The journey was fabulous with spectacular scenery and history. The staff on board were fantastic and the onboard commentary was excellent. The food was good and there was plenty of it. Would recommend it for families to do.

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

Thank you for travelling on the Rack and Gorge and for sharing your review of the journey. It is popular with a wide range of ages and it is hard to beat the romance of steam locomotives. The old train travels through stunning scenery with plenty of stops and activities to enjoy along the way. I am delighted you enjoyed... More 

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