West Coast Wilderness Railway
The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a steam railway like no other, and an essential experience for visitors to Tasmania's West Coast.
Board a magnificent steam train for a journey through Tasmania's wild west coast wilderness rain forest and back in time to discover the region's fascinating history. You will travel deep into the wilderness in the comfort of fully restored heritage carriages while experiencing a unique cool temperate rain forest that is still home to the ancient Huon pine and only accessible via this remarkable rail journey.
You will hear the story of the railway's construction in the latter years of the nineteenth century, and of how it sustained the community through good times and bad. The West Coast Wilderness Railway uses original Dubs and Co. Abt steam locomotives and its rare rack-and-pinion rail system to climb the steep hills and gorges along the route.
Services run throughout the year on seasonal timetables with a range of half and full day experiences. Trains depart from both Queenstown Station and the historic harbourside Regatta Point Station in Strahan.
Please select a tour service below to find out more information:
- Rack and Gorge
- Queenstown Explorer
- River and Rainforest
This half-day (morning) steam train journey travels the steep grades of the Rack and Pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and rainforest complete the experience. Sit back in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild West Coast.
Departing at 0830 from Regatta Point Station in Strahan, travelling to Queenstown and returning to Strahan 1730. Operating on Mondays,Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the Summer Season this full-day return steam train journey includes the King River Gorge, the "rack" section of the railway track, magnificent rainforest and all stations along the way. The train stops in Queenstown for one hour allowing passengers to explore the historic mining town and discover the region's rich history with an optional guided tour. With so much to discover you will return to Strahan having experienced this remarkable railway and its triumph over adversity.
Four hour, half day journey, departs Regatta Point Station, Strahan for the journey along Macquarie Harbour and the King River Gorge for Dubbil Barril and return. Take in the fabulous harbour views as the train follows the foreshore and then the river as you journey deep into the rainforest. Marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses the many bridges, including the formidable iron bridge, one of the two major river crossings on the line.
- Half Day or Less