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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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Best Day Out in Tasmania

This would have to be the best day out and tour that we experienced in Tassie. We took the full day trip from Strahan to Queenstown and return. Our host and guide was one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rob_and_Michele
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Gulgong, Australia
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Gulgong, Australia
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This would have to be the best day out and tour that we experienced in Tassie. We took the full day trip from Strahan to Queenstown and return. Our host and guide was one of the best and most informative people that I have come across on any tour anywhere. he was knowledge, historical facts and humour in presentation were... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the half-day Strahan to Dubbil Barril and return tour. It was a pleasant and informative tour with excellent commentary from Cary, our carriage host. They only run half-day tours on weekends, so carefully check their schedules for your arrival times. It was a hot day when we toured and found the humidity and temperature inside the carriage 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 half day River and Rainforest tour from Strahan. Cary will be thrilled to read your review and we are all delighted you enjoyed the tour. The carriages are all aircondtioned however one very hot days it does struggle to keep up! We are installing additional vents in these carriages this week to help... More 

Verrierdale, Australia
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow, what a lovely railway and a beautiful ride. Once again, the people of Strahan are trying to extract every dollar they can from th visitors, however, we loved the ride and wondered why there wasn't more to buy, at the appropriate price.

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

Thank you for sharing your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway - I was delighted you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for your suggestion regarding merchandise and we will include this in our product review. Thanks again for your review and wishing you many more highlights as you travel throughout Tasmania and beyond, More 

Melbourne, Australia
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the half day trip from Queenstown and it was lovely. Just do it for the scenery and if you like old trains it's a bonus. Our carriage guide was great - he told a story about the history of the area over the journey and it made the place come alive. The train is in excellent condition and... More 

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

Thank you for traveling with us and reviewing the half day Rack and Gorge tour. It is a popular tour and includes traversing some of the steepest rail in the southern hemisphere!. The scenery is stunning and the view of the King River gorge is spectacular! Once again thank you for sharing your review and wishing you safe and enjoyable... More 

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We chose the upmarket option; the full day with catering provided. This saved having to worry about taking food and drink. The 35 km trip from Strahan to Queenstown took us through some pristine temperate rainforest and an excellent commentary provided us with some sense of the development of the railway to support the mining of copper by the Mt... More 

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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the very beginning right through to the end the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a one year old with is and they catered to our every need. The steam train was wonderful, relaxing and breathtaking! It was so memorable. Lovely lunch. Stunning scenery. Each stop was perfectly timed.

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1 Thank Louise W
Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. I was delighted we were able to make such a positive impression and the team will be thrilled to read your comments. I hope that we have made a new steam train enthusiast from your one year old! Once again thank you and wishing you enjoyable travels in Tasmania. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Mum and I did the return Strahan- Queenstown trip that included morning tea, lunch & glass of wine on arrival late January. Honestly the experience surpassed our expectations. The yummy food that is served on the train and the lunch that was waiting for us in Queenstown was outstanding. Toilet stops and interesting things to do and look at along... More 

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Thank taniav2015
Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

I was so pleased you enjoyed the full day Queenstown Explorer - it is a popular journey especially in the Wilderness carriage complete with beautiful Tasmanian food and sparkling wine! Rest assured the only bikes you are likely one day to see on this railway will be restored rail bikes! Thank you for your review and wishing you enjoyable travels... More 

Stanley, Australia
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My friend and I splurged and chose the gold class for this train trip. We were given a glass of champagne on boarding which set the scene for a wonderful day. Food was included in the cost and if anything, we probably received too much food. However, they were trying to showcase local produce etc so I can understand why... More 

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

I was delighted to read your review do the full day Queenstown Explorer travelling in our premium Wilderness carriage. It is a popular journey especially in the Wilderness carriage complete with all fine Tasmanian trimmings ( food and wine!). Thanks again for your review and recommending the experience to others. Wishing you safe and enjoyable onward travels. More 

Hobart, Australia
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fantastic experience, one of the best in Tasmania. The train is comfortable, staff are well informed and helpful; and the narrative is full of memorable stories of the making of the railway and the families that lived along the line. The scenery is stunning, dense temperate rainforest very close to the track, with a wonderful river gorge... More 

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

Thank you very much for the review of the full day Queenstown Explorer in the Heritage carriage. I am thrilled you enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to fellow travellers. The Wilderness carriage with outdoor balcony is also popular and it includes welcome glass of sparkling wine or juice, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. way of enjoying the... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like a lot of people I read the reviews and have seen the railway on travel shows - my experience is that the reality is often not as good as my expectations so it was nice to be surprised. The staff are great, with interesting and humourous commentary. The carriage was clean and comfortable (I was a bit concerned having... More 

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Thank noworriesmate1965
Michael S, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of the full day Queenstown Explorer in the Wilderness carriage. I am so pleased you found the tour to be entertaining, comfortable and you enjoyed the fine Tasmanian produce served throughout the journey. Apart from the full day Queenstown Explorer we also offer two half day journeys that are also popular with travellers, The... More 

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