TOUR INFORMATION

Rack and Gorge

Take a half-day journey through the wilderness, from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and the King River Gorge.
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Duration
4
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
110
$
179
-
Child
$
55
$
110
-
Family
$
245
$
-

Join our four-hour Rack and Gorge tour and take a steam train journey through remote rainforest to the incredible King River Gorge.

As you travel through the west coast’s cool temperate rainforest, you will ascend steep wilderness mountains under the power of the revolutionary Abt rack and pinion system – technology that transformed the fortunes of the west coast during the late nineteenth century, and the only operating Abt rack and pinion railway in the Southern Hemisphere. Stop at historic stations, traverse the deep chasm of the King River Gorge, and see the places where early west coast pioneers lived and worked to create this extraordinary railway.

During your experience, your guide will share stories of the determined and visionary people who carved out their fortunes in one of the most difficult and remote landscapes imaginable. You will hear tales of scandals, extravagant railways, and two feuding Irishmen, whose rivalry and determination led to the creation of the richest copper mining company in the world.

Highlights

  • Journey deep into western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest.
  • Pan for gold at Lynchford Station – named after prospector Cornelius Lynch, who found a gold nugget the size of a cricket ball here in the 1880s, and sparked the west coast’s gold rush. 
  • Climb the steep mountainside at Rinadeena Saddle, under the power of the Abt rack and pinion system, the only operating Abt rack and pinion railway in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Enjoy stunning views as you traverse the spectacular King River Gorge.
  • Take a short walk in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril and see the train being turned on the turntable, before your return journey to Queenstown.

Departure

All Rack and Gorge half-day tours depart from and return to Queenstown Station, 1 Driffield Street, Queenstown. Prices and timetable are subject to change without notice.

Choice of Carriage

Passengers in Wilderness Carriage enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding, canapés, complimentary hot beverages, morning tea and a light lunch or a Tasmanian Tasting Tower (on afternoon departures), along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rain forest and take those magic images. Our comfortable standard Heritage Carriage offers a choice of drinks and snacks for purchase during your journey.
DURATION
4
hours
OPERATES
1 June – 16 September
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (10am – 2pm)
17 September – 1 January
Daily (9am – 1pm)
2 January – 20 April
Daily (9am – 1pm) plus until 31 March, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (2.15pm – 6.15pm)
21 April - 31 May
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (9.00am - 1.00pm)
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
110
-
$
179
-
Child
$
55
-
$
110
-
Family
$
245
-
$
-
*
Child 2 to 17yrs, iinfant under 2yrs free – no seat allocation. Family Fare up to 2 adults & 2 children. Cafe and shop are at Queenstown Station. 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.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
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Cafe and shop are at Queenstown Station. 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

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Do I need to book ahead?
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Our tours do regularly fill up so advance bookings are strongly recommended.

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Do tours run on Public Holidays?
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The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, but operates on all other holidays.

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Can you accommodate various dietary requirements?
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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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Inventor of the Rack and Pinion Railway

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Dr Carl Roman Abt was a Swiss engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who would have a profound impact on the people of Tasmania’s west coast.

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