Board our heritage steam train at Queenstown Station and head out to Lynchford, once a centre for pioneers, adventurers and those with gold fever.
Onboard, listen as our guide shares stories and guided commentary that will take you on a journey through the last 200 years, sharing the stories of the pioneering folk that once called this region their home. Make your way through Australia's 2023 Top Tourism Town, Queenstown, before entering the rainforest fringe and onward, to Lynchford Station.
Alight the train at Lynchford, a station approximately 20 minutes train journey from Queenstown and only accessible for passengers onboard our railway. Take in your surrounds, pan for gold like the old timers and take in the history in the Pioneer’s Room in the main station. Heritage Carriage passengers may also wish to purchase a Devonshire Tea from Con’s Cribroom or a hot drink.
*Steam locomotives are currently running but may be replaced by a heritage Drewry diesel locomotive if required for maintenance. Every effort is made to ensure all passengers are aware of operational changes prior to departure.
WCWR offers two types of carriage journeys for each departure. All carriages provide comfortable, upholstered booth seating with good air flow and heating and cooling.
Our entry level carriage is our Heritage carriage, offering a comfortable train journey and opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks at Lynchford Station.
Wilderness carriages provide a more luxurious experience, with a little more space and carriage balcony. Start your journey with a glass of Tassie sparkling wine or juice and enjoy a Devonshire Tea service served onboard.
Yes, we recommend booking around 6-8 weeks in advance to secure your preferred journey, especially if wanting to travel in the Wilderness Carriage. In the peak summer months, you may need to consider booking further in advance to avoid missing out.
During one half of the journey you will face in onedirection, but once the train travels in the opposite direction (on the way back to your original departure station), so will you. This means you will face backwards either during the first or second half of your journey. As the train moves quite slowly, motion sickness is exceptionally rare, however, should you have any concerns about this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.
Yes, we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and other requirements, but please let us know your needs when you book so we can look after you.
The safety of our staff and passengers is paramount. WCWR operates in a remote location and, in the event of an emergency, passengers must be able to climb and/or descend a short ladder and walk a short distance on uneven ground. This is reflected in our terms and conditions of passage and passengers unable to do so may not be permitted to travel onboard.
If travelling with a pram, please ensure it is compact when folded as larger prams may not be allowed onboard as space onboard is very limited. WCWR has space onboard to store a limited number of compact or folding wheelchairs used as aids or for passenger comfort. These must be booked via our ticketing team on +61 (0)3 6471 0100. All effort has been made to make our remote stations wheelchair accessible, however, some experiences off the station platform may not be suitable for wheelchairs.
There is a remote station kiosk where snacks and drinks can be purchased.