Tasmania's Historic Railways
There are historic railway experiences to be had across Tasmania, from steam-powered fun rides to transport museums, and even a human-powered railway.
A network of railways once connected Tasmania, linking cities and towns as well as the state's mining and industrial centres.
Built in a harsh and dramatic wilderness to connect isolated communities, today the days of regular commuter rail travel are gone. Visitors however can still take scenic rides through history and some of Tassie's beautiful places.
In Tasmania you'll find restored steam and diesel trains along beautiful coastlines, running through wilderness and in cities and towns full of history.
In Devonport, the Don River Railway and Rail Museum offers scenic rides in vintage rail cars through tranquil bushland.
In Launceston, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has preserved original locomotive workshops that tell the stories of rail workers and their machines.
Nearby, the Launceston Tramways Museum offers more trackside history and fun rides on restored trams.
Back in Hobart, the Tasmanian Transport Museum has a large collection of restored railway locomotives, carriages, trams and artefacts. South of Hobart at Margate you can dine in Tasmania's last passenger train.
Further south again you can ride on Australia's southern-most rail link on the Ida Bay Railway to a lovely and otherwise inaccessible beach.
While mass rail transport has ended in Tasmania, these great railway journeys keep alive some of Australia's most amazing rail stories and are great fun for families and train spotters alike.