TOUR INFORMATION

Queenstown Explorer

Take a full day to experience the complete West Coast Wilderness Railway journey, from Strahan to Queenstown.
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Duration
9
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
185
$
245
-
Child
$
80
$
140
-
Family
$
390
$
-

On this full day steam train journey, you will travel the length of the West Coast Wilderness Railway, 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.

Highlights

  • Full day steam train journey, travelling the entire West Coast Wilderness Railway line.
  • 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
17 September – 1 January
Thursday and Friday, 8.30am – 5.30 pm
2 January – 20 April
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8.30am – 5.30 pm
21 April - 31 May
Friday only, 8.30am – 5.30 pm
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
185
-
$
245
-
Child
$
80
-
$
140
-
Family
$
390
-
$
-
*
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,
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*
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 30 minutes. All station platforms and toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

This tour does often fill up, so advance bookings are strongly recommended.

Q
Do tours operate on public holidays?
A

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, but operates on other public holidays.

Q
Does a steam train always operate your tours?
A

Usually. On the rare occasions that our steam locomotives are not operable, heritage diesel locomotives will be used instead.

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.

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Not just a steam train,
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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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