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October 7, 2019
Let the West Coast Wilderness Railway lead you to incredible outdoor activities and adventures on Tasmania's West Coast

Welcome to Tasmania's Western Wilds

Let the West Coast Wilderness Railway be your guide to incredible outdoor activities and adventures on Tasmania's West Coast.

Ride the steepest steam-haul railway in the Southern Hemisphere

The West Coast Wilderness Railway climbs using the Abt Rack and Pinion system.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway climbs over a mountain pass at Rinadeena at inclines of up to 1:16. It uses the Swiss-invented Abt rack and pinion system, one of the last surviving examples of its type still operating, and making this the second steepest steam-haul railway in the Southern Hemisphere.

Engineering of global significance

The incredible achievement of the railway's construction and it's ongoing life as a heritage railway along with its significance to its local community has seen the West Coast Wilderness Railway recognised as an engineering project of international significance, putting it on a level with projects like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Snowy Mountain Scheme.

Engineers Australia presented the West Coast Wilderness Railway with an Engineering Heritage International Marker in 2016.

How do I ride the Abt Rack and Pinion System?

The Rinadeena Saddle is between Queenstown and Dubbil Barril, so to ride the Abt Rack and Pinion section of the West Coast Wilderness Railway, take either our full day tour, the Queenstown Explorer, from Strahan, or our half-day Rack and Gorge tour departing from Queenstown.

Book Now for the steam train ride of a lifetime aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway

Raft a wild river on our Raft and Steam tour

Get your adrenaline pumping with a white water adventure on the King River

Rush down the King River Gorge on a white water rafting adventure with King River Rafting then take an unforgettable train ride through the rainforest aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway back to Queenstown on the Raft and Steam tour.

Suitable for families with stronger children (must be 10 - 15 yrs). Tour operates 7 days per fortnight, November-April.

Here is Charli from Getaway experiencing the Raft and Steam tour

Read More about combining your wilderness steam train ride with a white water adventure

Bike through mountain streams in the forest to a waterfall

The West Coast offers plenty of mountain biking tracks to explore

There is a range of tracks suitable for mountain bikes around the West Coast, offering adventure and stunning scenery. Find out more by downloading our information sheet.

Our stations at Queenstown and Strahan are bike-friendly and offer racks to secure your bike while enjoying a break at our cafes as well as information on tracks in the area.

Read more about mountain bike adventure trails on Tasmania's West Coast

Fly over mountains to the ocean on our Heli-Steam tour

The grandeur of the West Coast is revealed through flight

Travelling through the West Coast rainforest on the Railway is magnificent, but the true scale and grandeur of the mountainous terrain is revealed when viewed from the air.

So combine your rail journey with a birds-eye view of the stunning scenery of Tasmania’s West Coast on a Heli-Steam tour. You'll travel from Strahan into Dubbil Barril aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway before returning to Strahan with Strahan Helicopters. A range of routes and flight times is available and flights operate November-April.

More Information about helicopter flight tours of Tasmania's west Coast

Live out your locomotive driver fantasies with our Footplate Experience

An engineer fires up a steam locomotive ahead of the day's touring

Did you love playing with trains as a child? Do you still harbour dreams of being an engine driver?

Live out those dreams as you spend an unforgettable day working alongside our crew on an historic steam locomotive with our Footplate Experience.

More information on how to ride with the crew of a historic steam locomotive on the railway footplate

Explore giant sand dunes at sunset

Let Strahan ATV Adventures show you the beaches and dunes of the West Coast

Strahan ATV Adventures offers all-terrain vehicle tours of the Henty Dunes and Ocean Beach that focus on fun and laughter while takingin the magnificent surrounds. Tours operate November-April.

More Information about Strahan ATV sand dune and beach tours on Tasmania's West Coast

Hike to stunning waterfalls and hidden wonders

The stunning Nelson Falls

There are multi-day adventures as well as day walks and easy strolls to waterfalls and other fascinating and stunning spots - find out more by downloading our information sheet.

Read more about walking, hiking tracks and trails on Tasmania's wild West Coast

Tracks to Adventure resources

Download these handy reference guides to help plan your West Coast adventure.

Download your Tracks to Adventure Information Sheet
Download your Tracks to Adventure infographic

Experience Tasmania's Western Wilds

There is plenty more to do in Tasmania's Western Wilds - check out the activities, major town and places to stay for more inspiration.

Start planning your adventure in Tasmania's Western Wilds today
Read more about things to do and places to stay on Tasmania's West Coast near Queenstown or Strahan

Photo credits on this page: Photo credits: Nick Osborne Carol Maney, Tourism Tasmania, Rob Burnett,
Paul Fleming, Andrew Ross, Flow Mountain Bike, Strahan Helicopters

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