There’s nothing quite like a steam train adventure to transport you to days gone by. In the heart of Tasmania, travel back in time with the West Coast Wilderness Railway on an immersive adventure into the history, the heritage and the terrain of the region.
The Railway operates full and half-day steam train journeys along the historic 35-kilometre track between Queenstown and Strahan on Tasmania’s wild west coast. Its tours are journeys into the history of the region and divulge the ingenuity behind the Railway’s construction.
Built in the 1890s to carry minerals from the mines at Queenstown to the port at Strahan, the Railway passes through dense rainforest and steep gorges, providing breathtaking views of Tasmania’s magnificent, rugged wilderness. The Railway’s distinguishing feature is its ingenious rack and pinion system, which is designed to handle the precipitous terrain. At one point the track reaches an incline of 1:16, which is the steepest in the southern hemisphere.
Today, carrying people instead of minerals, the Railway is a unique attraction and an absolute must-do for any visitors to the west coast of Tasmania. Take in this beautiful landscape from the comfort of a cosy carriage pulled by heritage steam locomotives, while enjoying a selection of Tasmania’s finest food and wine. And along the journey, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will recount the enthralling history of the Railway in highly entertaining stories.
The Railway operates year-round on seasonal timetables and offers three journeys – the Rack and Gorge, the River and Rainforest and the Queenstown Explorer experiences – and each is unforgettable.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a unique part of Tasmania’s history and is an experience not to be missed.
Queenstown Station, Driffield Street Queenstown 7467
Tel: +613 6471 0100