EXPERIENCE INFORMATION

Teepookana and the King

A heritage rail journey through the rainforest
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Duration
2.5
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
55
$
95
-
Child
$
35
$
95
-
Family
$
140
$
-

Step onboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway’s heritage diesel train at Regatta Point Station in Strahan and head deep into the rainforest, while onboard guides share stories of those that built the railway and called it their home.

Journey over the Iron Bridge at Teepookana, once a thriving port town, before disembarking at Lower Landing Station on the King River. Enjoy a short, guided nature walk and taste honey, with its origins from local endemic species,before heading back to Strahan.

Heritage carriage passengers may wish to purchase snacks and beverages at the kiosk at Lower Landing Station and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.

Wilderness carriage passengers are invited to start their journey with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine and canapes on departure before indulging in a locally inspired light menu included in the ticket price.

Highlights

  • Live commentary
  • Original, heritage diesel train
  • Travel along Macquarie Harbour before venturing deep into the rainforest
  • Stop at Lower Landing Station for a guided nature walk
  • Experience a honey tasting made using the nectar from locally found endemic species

Carriage Options

WCWR offers two types of carriage journeys for each departure. All carriages provide comfortable, upholstered booth seating with good air flow and heating and cooling.

Our entry level carriage is our Heritage carriage, offering a comfortable train journey and opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks at Lower Landing Station.  

Wilderness carriages provide a more luxurious experience, with a little more space and carriage balcony. Start your journey with a glass of Tassie sparkling wine or juice, canapes and a locally inspired light menu served throughout your journey.

We welcome feedback from locals, passengers and our social media audiences to help us tap into any blind spots or areas we might have missed and suggestions for us to improve.

Departure

Departs Regatta Point Station in Strahan

Choice of Carriage

Choose between Wilderness and Heritage Carriages
DURATION
2.5
hours
OPERATES
27 February - 30 April 2024
Monday to Friday from 10:00am
1 May - 20 September 2024
Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 10:00
21 September - 26 December 2024
Monday to Friday from 10:00am
27 December (2024) - 19 January 2025
Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am and 1:30pm
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
55
-
$
95
-
Child
$
35
-
$
95
-
Family
$
140
-
$
-
*
Child 2 to 17yrs, infant under 2yrs free – no seat allocation. Family Fare up to 2 adults & 2 children. Children may travel on Wilderness Carriage but no discounts on the adult ticket price applies.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
_
*

REVIEWS

Frequently Asked Questions

Q
Do I need to book ahead?
A

Yes, we recommend booking around 6-8 weeks in advance to secure your preferred journey, especially if wanting to travel in the Wilderness Carriage. In the peak summer months, you may need to consider booking further in advance to avoid missing out.

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 about this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.

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
Can I bring a pram or wheelchair onboard?
A

The safety of our staff and passengers is paramount. WCWR operates in a remote location and, in the event of an emergency, passengers must be able to climb and/or descend a short ladder and walk a short distance on uneven ground. This is reflected in our terms and conditions of passage and passengers unable to do so may not be permitted to travel onboard.

If travelling with a pram, please ensure it is compact when folded as larger prams may not be allowed onboard as space onboard is very limited. WCWR has space onboard to store a limited number of compact or folding wheelchairs used as aids or for passenger comfort. These must be booked via our ticketing team on +61 (0)3 6471 0100. All effort has been made to make our remote stations wheelchair accessible, however, some experiences off the station platform may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Q
Can I buy snacks and drinks onboard?
A

There is a remote station kiosk where snacks and drinks can be purchased.

Q
A

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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Driving Distance
Cradle Mountain to Queenstown

110km | 1hr 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Devonport to Queenstown

181km | 2hrs 35 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Hobart to Queenstown

260km | 3hrs 40 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Launceston to Queenstown

296km | 3hrs 30 mins

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