TOUR INFORMATION

Steam Hydro and Lost Mines

Combine two amazing tours to explore Queenstown's industrial heritage at a great package price.
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Duration
8
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
170
$
240
-
Child
$
99
$
150
-
Family
$
420
$
-

Steam

You'll start this incredible day out with our Rack and Gorge tour on board the historic steam train that has been traversing the rugged and unforgiving terrain for more than 120 years!

Sit back and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the your carriage, hear tales of hardship, the characters and how the terrain was tamed to allow Queenstown to sell its ore to the rest of the world.

Hydro + Lost Mines Tour

Continue your Queenstown experience with RoamWild who take you fossicking in the Jukes Proprietary mine before you travel to the Lake Margaret Hydro Power Station.

RoamWild offer the only access to the Lake Margaret site. You'll visit the 1914 powerhouse, view the lower weir and wood-stave pipeline. On your way back to Queenstown, you will see the remains of the Mt Lyell smelter works and the original railway works.

Highlights

  • 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.
  • Visit the ghost town of Lake Margaret
  • Lake Margaret Power Station Museum
  • Mount Jukes Mine
  • Mount Lyell Smelter

Departure

The Rack and Gorge half-day tour departs from Queenstown Station at 9am sharp and returns at approximately 1.15pm. Queenstown Station is at 1 Driffield Street, Queenstown. Upon your return to Queenstown, there's time for a quick lunch at Tracks Cafe (we recommend that you pre-order your lunch in the morning, and the cost is not included in the tour price) before you are met by your RoamWild guide for the afternoon's explorations.You'll be returned to Queenstown Station at approximately 5pm. Prices and timetable are subject to change without notice - please call us to confirm or check our website for service and timetable updates.

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, 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
8
hours
OPERATES
October - April
Available daily, advance bookings are essential
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
170
-
$
240
-
Child
$
99
-
$
150
-
Family
$
420
-
$
-
*
Child 2 to 17yrs, iinfant under 2yrs $25 (no seat allocation onboard the train, but a child car seat on the Steam Hydro and Lost Mines tour is provided) Family prices - Heritage Carriage only: 2A/1C - $420 2A/2C - $500 2A/2C - $570
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
_
*
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

Q
Do I need to book ahead?
A

Yes, advance bookings are essential for this tour package.

Q
Do tours run on public holidays?
A

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queens Birthday public holiday but operates all other days, subject to the published timetable.

Q
I can carry my child in my arms - do I have to pay for it?
A

There is no cost for a child under 2 years to travel onboard the train when carried by a parent (no seat allocation). To travel on the Steam Hydro and Lost Mines tour, a child seat is provided and must be used, hence the cost.

Q
Is lunch included?
A

It depends. If you travel in the Wilderness Carriage, canapes, morning tea and a light lunch is included, along with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice when you board, plus tea and coffee.

Passengers in the Heritage Carriage can purchase drinks and snacks on board.

A short lunch break is available upon returning to Queenstown Station prior to commencing the Steam Hydro and Lost Mines tour. If you'd like to have lunch at Tracks Cafe, we strongly recommend that you pre-order lunch before boarding the train in the morning. Just speak to our friendly cafe staff to place your order and have it ready to enjoy as soon as you get back.

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RELATED STORY

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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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