TOUR INFORMATION

Raft and Steam

Raft the King River Gorge then take an unforgettable steam train journey through the rainforest back to Queenstown.
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Duration
6
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
300
$
-
Child
$
200
$
-
Family
$
$
-

This half-day tour combines an exhilarating white water rafting adventure on the King River with an historic steam train journey through the rainforest.

Raft

Your experienced, qualified guides from King River Rafting will meet you at Queenstown Station and transfer you to the starting point of your rafting adventure. Your white water experience begins on the King River, which winds through the mountains of the West Coast Range. You will be guided through seven kilometres of rapids from Newall Creek to Dubbil Barril, and pass through the Huon pine rainforests of the spectacular King River Gorge.

After the excitement of the rapids, you will emerge from the white water at Sailor Jack Creek and the Rhododendron Pool, and continue downriver to Dubbil Barril station to meet the train.

Steam

You will join the historic West Coast Wilderness steam train at Dubbil Barril station, deep in the rainforest. Now you can relax in your Heritage carriage as you climb the steepest section of track under the power of the Abt rack and pinion system - the last of its type still operating in the Southern Hemisphere. During the journey, you will see fantastic views of the King River Gorge, where you just rafted. Along the way, your guide will share stories of the railway and the people who built it in this wild and remote environment.

Highlights

  • King River white water rafting adventure, including the King River Gorge
  • Board the steam train at Dubbil Barril Station, deep in the rainforest
  • Travel from Dubbil Barril to Queenstown in your Heritage carriage
  • Visit Rinadeena Station, and pan for gold at Lynchford Station
  • Ride the Abt rack and pinion section of the track
  • All rafting and safety gear provided

Departure

All Raft and Steam tours depart from Queenstown Station at 8.15am. King River Rafting will meet you and take you to the rafting departure point.

Choice of Carriage

Seating available in Heritage Carriage only for this tour
DURATION
6
hours
OPERATES
November to Easter
Operates 7 days per fortnight 8.15am to 1pm approximately.
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
300
-
$
-
Child
$
200
-
$
-
Family
$
-
$
-
*
This tour must be booked directly with King River Rafting - phone 0409 664 268 or visit kingriverrafting.com.au Suitable for families with stronger children (must be 10 - 15 yrs) Meet 8 am and return 2 pm. Minimum group of 4, maximum 12 Operates 7 days per fortnight.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
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*
Toilet facilities are available at all stations along the way. The longest period between stations is approximately 30 minutes. All station platforms and toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q
Can children do this tour?
A

The minimum age for a child on this tour is 10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Q
Do I need to book ahead?
A

Yes, advance bookings are essential to do this tour.

Q
Do steam trains always operate your tours?
A

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

Q
Do your tours operate on public holidays?
A

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. Tours operate normally on other public holidays.

Q
How do I book this tour?
A

This tour must be booked directly with King River Rafting - phone 0409 664 268 or visit their website.

Q
How do I book this tour?
A

This tour must be booked directly with King River Rafting - phone 0409 664 268 or visit their website.

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The Kerrisons
Dairy farmers at Dubbil Barril

The Kerrisons

Railway fettler Cecil Kerrison supplemented his income by starting a dairy farm deep in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril

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