Let the West Coast Wilderness Railway be your guide to incredible outdoor activities and adventures on Tasmania's West Coast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Live out those dreams as you spend an unforgettable day working alongside our crew on an historic steam locomotive with our Footplate Experience.
Lake Margaret was once a thriving town, servicing the hydro power station there. Now abandoned, the way to visit it is with RoamWild Tasmania on our Steam and Hydro tour.
You'll spend the morning aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway on our Rack and Gorge tour from Queenstown, then in the afternoon RoamWild Tasmania's guide will meet you at Queenstown Station before taking you on a fascinating tour to some amazing local heritage and scenic spots, most of which are not open to the general public.
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.
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.
Download these handy reference guides to help plan your West Coast adventure.
There is plenty more to do in Tasmania's Western Wilds - check out the activities, major town and places to stay for more inspiration.
Photo credits on this page: Photo credits: Nick Osborne Carol Maney, Tourism Tasmania, Rob Burnett,
Paul Fleming, Andrew Ross, Flow Mountain Bike, Strahan Helicopters