West Coast Wilderness Railway (Strahan)
The four-hour River and Rainforest tour takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast, while the full day Queenstown Explorer takes passengers all the way along the 35km track to the historic mining town then back to Strahan, with sightseeing stops along the way.
The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the remote stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest, and taste wild leatherwood honey, harvested from the wilderness.
During your journey, your guide will tell you the stories of the railway and the resilient people who lived and worked along its length. From the men who laboured to build the line and keep the trains running, to the families and children that made a life in the forest, and the two visionary Irishmen whose fierce rivalry and undaunted ambition brought the railway to life.
Please select a tour service below to find out more information:
- River and Rainforest
- Queenstown Explorer
This four-hour steam or diesel train 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 and taste wild leatherwood honey at Lower Landing station and, at Dubbil Barril station, take a walk through the rainforest and watch the locomotive being turned by hand. Return to Strahan back on board your comfortable carriage
This full-day steam train journey will take you along the full length of the West Coast Wilderness Railway, though ancient rainforest and along the spectacular King River Gorge. 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, stop and take a short stroll to the river's edge, Dubbil Barril – take a wilderness walk through the rainforest, Rinadeena – View the rack and pinion system from the bridge over the railway, Queenstown – grab a spot of lunch and take a guided walking tour of this historic town, Lynchford – pan for gold and wander through the museum dedicated to our mining history