West Coast Wilderness Railway (Queenstown)
Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Railway is a unique railway journey through the ancient rainforest that tells the story of rogues and rivals fighting for a share of untold riches.
When booking your rail journey, you are offered a choice of two comfortable carriage types. Heritage Carriages provide upholstered seating and snacks available for purchase along the way, whilst Wilderness Carriages offer fully inclusive catering and a welcoming glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine onboarding and access to the carriage balcony.
As you pass breath-taking scenery, only accessible by our railway, you are invited to breathe and soak in the ancient rainforest. Our guides will share fascinating stories of the hardships of the railway’s construction and the men, women, and children that called the surrounding wilderness their home.
The train stops at historic stations along the route which offer activities including a rainforest walk, viewing the train being turned on a manual turntable, panning for gold, tastings of wild honey, and stunning photo opportunities.
Please select a tour service below to find out more information:
- Rack and Gorge
- Queenstown Explorer
- River and Rainforest
Join our four-hour 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 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.
This full-day experience takes you along the entire length of the West Coast Wilderness Railway, through ancient rainforest and along the spectacular King River Gorge, returning onboard your train in the opposite direction. You will also travel along the Abt Rack and Pinion system, ascending the steepest steam rail journey in the southern hemisphere. Station stops along the journey include: Lower Landing – On the edge of the King River with a short walk to the river's edge, Dubbil Barril – take a short wilderness walk through the rainforest, Rinadeena – View the rack and pinion system from the bridge over the railway, Lynchford – pan for gold and wander through the museum dedicated to our mining history and Queenstown – grab a spot of lunch and take a guided walking tour of this historic town Return by train to Strahan in the afternoon, stopping at many of the stations to stretch your legs.
This journey takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Hear stories of the landscape and wilderness from your onboard guide and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment Admire the extraordinary engineering achievement as you cross Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. Stop at remote stations and take in the western wilderness. A short walk through the cool, temperate rainforest at Dubbil Barril station is a must before returning to Strahan.