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“Don't miss the experience!”

West Coast Wilderness Railway
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King River Gorge White Water Rafting Day Trip from Queenstown Including the...
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Strahan
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Step back in time, reliving the history as you climb aboard a majestic steam train. Indulge in local produce, watch the modern day workings of the locomotives, stroll through the rainforest, or simply relax and enjoy the motion of the train. The West Coast Wilderness Railway experience has something to offer everyone. With a range of full day and half day steam train experiences, departing from both Queenstown Station and the historic harbourside Regatta Point Station in Strahan, there is a journey to suit everyone. Discover the enchanting Gondwana rainforest - still home to the ancient Huon pine - from the comfort of your carriage, or the many opportunities to disembark at the outlying stations and explore at your own pace. Book today and let us welcome you onboard.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Don't miss the experience!”
Reviewed 29 April 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
9 Thank bronnykay
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Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A must do”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

This is a stunning scenic trip up the King River valley. Soaring trees overhead and steep sided ravines with the rail line clutching the side. Dramatic. A great day trip - must do.

Visited April 2013
4 Thank Callums_dad
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Trains are great”
Reviewed 17 April 2013

The scenery is magnificent. The saff are friendly and helpful. And the steam cog train is magnificent.

Visited April 2013
4 Thank Tom D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013

I'm sure the train would be lovely.....if you manage to get on it. Unfortunately the incompetent staff over booked the train and we missed out even though we booked over a month in advance. After driving for over 3 hours to get to Queenstown, paying for a weekends accommodation and two of the family members having to change work commitments, this was a terrible experience and I hope they don't manage to do it to anyone else.

Visited April 2013
14 Thank Hdkdjdkeis
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Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A must if you are in Strahan”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Wow is all I can say. The scenery was fantastic and the service great. We went Premium class and started the journey with a glass of Janz champagne and the food and drink did not stop. The narration was interesting without being intrusive and the seats were comfy with large windows to look out of.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank harrisju
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