We had a fabulous day on the Wilderness Railway. We paid the extra for the premium carriage and were glad we did, we were really well looked after. The staff were all terrific. We had a great seat at the back of the train so we had a private balcony we could go out to and take photos and we could see the view behind us. Also the premium carriage has extra large windows for viewing from the side as well. Our guide and the other commentary were very interesting.
When we first left, we were served with our choice of drink (you can have as much of whatever you want in the premium carriage). There was a choice of Tasmanian wines, soft drinks, tea and coffee, and I had bubbly. This was served with delicious chicken and camembert pies. I had 2 and my husband had 3! After a stop for toilets, a short walk and honey tasting/purchasing (love the chocolate honey!) during the next leg we were served with more choice of drinks and choice of chocolate and walnut brownies or white chocolate and raspberry brownies. Very yummy.
Our lunch stop was at a larger station where we stopped for an hour while the engines were shunted and we took on the steam engine which is designed to go up the steep hills using the special system. Lunch was more drinks and a lunch box which contained two small rolls - one ham and salad and one smoked salmon and salad with a cream cheese and dill sauce, a delicious Tassie apple (best apple I ever had!) and a Cadbury chocolate.
Back on board we headed up the hills to Queenstown, with another stop en route and with an ample cheese platter of Tassie cheeses, grapes and nuts and another drink!
At Queenstown there is time for souvenir shopping before boarding the bus for a half hour or so ride back to Strahan.
It was a beautiful day with lovely food, scenery, interesting commentary, pleasant service, and very comfortable carriages. It really is a must do on the West Coast and also provides great insight into the damage that can be done to an environment by pollution and how important it is to care for our environment.
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