TOUR INFORMATION

Queenstown Explorer

Full day return steam train journey from Strahan to Queenstown through ancient wilderness.
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Duration
9
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
185
$
255
-
Child
$
80
$
165
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Family
$
390
$
-

We are currently experiencing very high demand. Please consider booking at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance due to COVID related decreased carriage capacities.

Departs (and returns): Regatta Point Station, Strahan

On this full day steam train journey, you will travel the length of the West Coast Wilderness Railway in both directions, stopping at every station along the line and hearing the many stories of the resilient people and extraordinary events that brought the railway to life.

As you travel through impenetrable rainforest, climb rugged mountains and pass deep gorges, you will understand the huge challenges that were overcome to build the line that would eventually connect the region’s rich copper mines to the port at Strahan. The railway also connected people and communities, and throughout the day, you will pass through the camps, settlements, towns and farms that once thrived here.

You will stop at Lower Landing on the edge of the King River, and Dubbil Barril where there is a short walking trail through the rainforest to see Huon pine and other native forest species. And you will ascend the steepest section of track under the power of the Abt rack and pinion system to reach Rinadeena, where annual rainfall can be up to three metres! This is the only operating Abt rack and pinon railway in the Southern Hemisphere

Your tour includes a 90-minute lunch stop in Queenstown, where you will have time to explore this historic mining town and take an optional guided walking tour. Once you have stretched your legs, board the train and enjoy the experience in the opposite direction, with convenience stops at a number of the remote stations, before finishing at your port of origin in Strahan.

Highlights

  • Full day steam train journey, travelling the entire West Coast Wilderness Railway line in both directions
  • Enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour as you travel along the foreshore from Regatta Point Station
  • Journey deep into western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest
  • Travel alongside the King River to Teepookana, once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania
  • Cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile
  • Experience the only operating Abt rack and pinion section in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Take a short walk in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril
  • Visit historic stations along the line, including Lower Landing, Rinadeena, Dubbil Barril and Queenstown
  • Watch the locomotive being turned at Queenstown Station
  • 90-minute lunch stopover in Queenstown, including a walking tour of the town
  • Live on-board commentary

Departure

The Queenstown Explorer full-day tour departs from and returns to Regatta Point Station on the Esplanade in Strahan.

Choice of Carriage

Passengers in Wilderness Carriage enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding, canapés, morning tea, lunch at Tracks Cafe in Queenstown, a selection of Tasmanian cheese and complimentary tea and coffee throughout, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rain forest and take those magic images. Heritage Carriage passengers can purchase drinks and snacks along the way.
DURATION
9
hours
OPERATES
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PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
185
-
$
255
-
Child
$
80
-
$
165
-
Family
$
390
-
$
-
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Child 2 to 17yrs, infant under 2yrs free – no seat allocation. Family Fare up to 2 adults & 2 children.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
_
*
Shop and cafe are at Queenstown Station. Refreshments are available for purchase at stations along the route. Toilet facilities are available at all stations throughout your journey. The longest travel time between stations is approximately 50 minutes. There are disabled toilets at all station platforms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q
Do I need to book ahead for this tour?
A

Yes. In line with our COVID Safety Plan, our carriages may be running at less than capacity to enable adequate social distancing between travelling parties. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Q
Will I have to face backwards on the train?
A

During one half of the journey you will face in one direction, 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 on this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.

Q
Does a steam train always operate your tours?
A

Only steam locomotives can journey along the rack and pinion system, so you will be assured of experiencing a steam locomotive for this component of the journey, if not for the entire line.

Q
Can you accommodate various dietary requirements?
A

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.

Q
What is your COVID Safety Plan?
A

You can read details of our safety plan here and our Passenger Conditions of Carriage here.

Q
What is your COVID Safety Plan?
A

You can read details of our safety plan here and our Passenger Conditions of Carriage here.

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Not just a steam train,
It’s a heritage to explore

Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly
Father of the Railway

Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly

In 1891, Bowes Kelly saw an advertisement from a fellow Irishman who was seeking an investor for his gold mine at Iron Blow in Tasmania

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