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, the days of regular commuter rail travel are gone. However, visitors can still take scenic rides through Tasmania's pristine wilderness and into cities and towns full of history and recall this bygone era on a number of unique railway experiences.
In the west and north west regions, The West Coast Wilderness Railway offers half and full day steam and heritage diesel journeys from Queenstown or Strahan through the western wilderness, taking in breathtaking rainforest whilst telling the railway’s rich mining story.
For a shorter introduction to the region’s rail history, a visit to the Don River Railway in Devonport 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.
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.