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Rack and Gorge

The train travels along the King River Gorge
Train travels along the railway line through cool temperate rainforest
Passenger walks through the rainforest on a walk at a remote station
Steam locomotive lets off steam
Train driver leans out of the locomotive to take in the rainforest views
Steward pours sparkling wine for passengers onboard the wilderness carriage
Child and parent pan for gold at Lynchford Station
Locomotive crew push the manual turntable to turn the locomotive when its time to head home
West Coast Wilderness Railway Rack and Gorge experience
Train track through the wilderness
This experience is currently unavailable and will return in 2024. Please see our website for details on our current timetabled departures. Join our half-day (5 hours) Rack and Gorge journey onboard a steam train departing Queenstown and journey deep into Tasmania’s western wilderness and ancient rainforest. Climb the southern hemisphere’s steepest steam rail track under the unique power of the Abt rack and pinion rail system. Journey through the cool, temperate rainforest and along the incredible King River Gorge and watch the locomotive being turned by hand at Dubbil Barril before returning to Queenstown. Three station stops along the journey provide the opportunity to pan for gold, watch the train be rewatered from above the track and take a short walk through the rainforest. Hear tales of rogues and rivalry from your onboard guide and marvel at how nature has prevailed through the area’s tough mining history. Please note: West Coast Wilderness Railway will close temporarily for maintenance from 5 June, resuming service in time for the 23/24 peak season. Further details on timetables etc can be found at


Family Friendly

Pet Friendly - Enquire

Non Smoking

Public Toilet

Disabled access available, contact operator for details.


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