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Back on Track

October 13, 2020
The engines are polished, the boilers are primed, the stations have been rejuvenated and we're getting back on track.

Get on board and plan your next west coast adventure and take a wilderness journey through time. We are now running Rack and Gorge journeys and, for a twist of adventure, check out our Raft and Steam experiences, both departing Queenstown.  

Lose yourself in nature on the west coast

Why plan a visit the west coast?

Most Tasmanians that visit us tell us that they've been promising themselves a trip to the west coast for years, but just haven't got around to it. Once here, they always wonder why they left it so long!

There's so much to see and do - and it's one of the only places in the world that is actually even better when it's raining. Don't believe us? Come and see for yourself! We've built a basic itinerary and added some extra suggestions to start you off on planning your next Tassie adventure.

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Rack and Gorge Journey

Whether you’re craving a wilderness experience without having to walk for hours and hours, or simply have an interest in trains, this journey is a great place to start. This is a 4-hour journey that departs Queenstown at 9 am.

Within just a few minutes, you will be surrounded by the forest and marvelling at the ancient landscape. Stop at Lynchford Station and try your hand at panning for gold, or wander the museum that houses much of our collection of gemstones.

This next part of the journey that makes rail fans jump for joy… Did you know that we are the only steam rail journey that operates with a rack and pinion system in the Southern Hemisphere today? And if you don’t know what a rack and pinion is, don’t worry, our friendly guide will fill you in along the way.

You'll stop at Rinadeena Station, followed by Dubbil Barril station after a exciting journey along the spectacular King River Gorge. At Dubbil Barril, watch the locomotive be turned by hand on the manual turntable before taking a short wilderness walk amongst the rainforest.  

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Raft and Steam Experience

You don’t have to be ironman or woman to enjoy the exhilaration of rafting down the King River with the expert guides from King River Rafting! This 6-hour experience kicks off at 8 am, so start your day with a good coffee from Tracks Café anytime after 7.30 am (Monday to Saturday) before hitting the rapids.

After heading off with your guide, you’ll be led down 7kms of the King River, through various rapids and remote rainforest, occasionally glimpsing the West Coast Wilderness Railway steam locomotive along the way. The gorge rises steeply from both sides of the river and the surrounding rainforest is full of native trees and birdlife. The scale of the wilderness along the river is simply breathtaking.

After your intrepid white-water adventures, you will arrive at Dubbil Barril station and board the train a hero. Head back to Queenstown in the comfort of your carriage, along the King River Gorge and along the rack and pinion to Rinadeena Station where you can grab a warm drink or quick snack.

Back on board, descend from the heights of Rinadeena and back towards Queenstown.

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Need more inspiration?

Honestly, there's so many things to see and do, we couldn't fit it all on one page. We've put together a list of some other great experiences you can do while you're here on the west coast.

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