West Coast Wilderness Railway
Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Railway is a unique railway journey through ancient rainforest that tells the story of rogues and rivals fighting for a share of untold riches.
Due to COVID-19, we will recommence operating our half-day Rack and Gorge and Raft and Steam tours from Queenstown on Tuesday 22 September 2020.
Journeys departing Strahan will commence in January 2021.
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 indulgent Wilderness Carriages offer fully inclusive catering and a welcoming glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine onboarding.
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
This tour will recommence on Tuesday 21 September 2020. 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 while 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 and admire the ancient rainforest roll by. Stop at historic stations and enjoy a variety of activities, such as a wilderness walk and panning for gold.
This tour will recommence operation from 2 January, 2021 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.
This journey will recommence in January 2021 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.