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West Coast Wilderness Railway

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West Coast Wilderness Railway

We will be staying a night in Queenstown and then the following 4 nights in Strahan in Feb. It appears rail tickets are cheaper ($33)from Queenstown. However if we dep Queenstown we will be travelling Strahan to Queenstown by bus to pick up the car then driving Queenstown to Strahan for our accommodation for the next 4 nts. How bad is this road?

Also what is the best way to book? It appears all bookings on the internet are through a travel agent. Is it too risky to purchase the day of departure from the train station?

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1. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

It's often cheaper from Queenstown as the operator finds it harder to sell tickets from that start point. However, many tour groups start at Queenstown for that very reason.

The road is pretty awful. It follows an old aboriginal pathway that meandered around in order to avoid any creek crossings, so the 38km takes about an hour.

Just go to sleep in the bus, then drive your car in from Queenstown to Strahan and then depart from Strahan via Zeehan, rather than back through Queenstown. Zeehan is the quickest route if you're going on to Cradle Mountain anyway.

The railway is owned by Federal Hotels - aka Pure Tasmania. This is their website: www.puretasmania.com.au/default.asp?pID=46

It's safe to book on the website and it's the best way to avoid disappointment.

You could book over the phone if you want to.

Luigi

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3. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

Hi Marilyn, the site we book through is Pure Tasmania, they're the tourism arm of the Federal Group who own the railway, they send you a confirmation email when they remember. You collect your tickets at the station from which you leave from, we've never had a problem. You can also book through other agents, but I would recommend Pure. The price is determined by from where you leave, as Queenstown is the less popular to leave from, and the day you travel, we always travel in the premium Class, just a bit of luxury for a great trip.

http://www.westcoastwildernessrailway.com.au/

The road is in good condition, but is very winding, but I don't find it draining, just watch the larger vehicles using it, like the buses going from station to station.

1 night Queenstown, and 4 nights Strahan. I like Strahan and the region, but 5 nights, can I ask why so many nights?

Safe travels - Robert

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4. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

Thanks Robert. Good advice. So many nights because we like to soak up the ambience! We were gloing to stay at Lake St Clair on the way however, I read such poor reviews of the accommodation there decided we would drive on to Queenstown.

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5. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

Thanks Luigi, helpful stuff. We will be heading to Cradle Mt from Strahan so Zeehan sounds like a good option.

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Appreciate your advice. Thanks Marilyn

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8. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

I just tried to book the WCWR and was told it stops operating at the end of April.

Given that Ive already booked accomodation for 3 nights in Strahan, Im wondering what to now do for a day ( in May 2013).

Ive booked the World Heritage Criuise already.

Any suggestions on how to spend the other day.-Thurs 16th?

Regards...Gary

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9. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

Yes, there's another thread on the Tasmania forum where I've posted about the impending closure.

The list of Things To Do in Strahan is here: tripadvisor.com.au/Attractions-g504331-Activ…

However, it might be worthwhile going further afield to Queenstown and Zeehan. There's a lot of good info here: http://www.westernwilderness.com.au/

http://www.queenstowntasmania.com/Home.php

Luigi

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10. Re: West Coast Wilderness Railway

Thanks Luigi