West Coast Wilderness Railway

West Coast Wilderness Railway

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West Coast Wilderness Railway. Strahan and Queenstown

Call Innkeepers Tasmania on 1300 130 269 for bookings

Timetable 1st June to 31st August 2017

All departures are 10am to 2pm with the Wilderness Carriage only (except for the school holiday period from 3rd July to 22nd July when the Heritage Carriage is available)

Rack & Gorge from Queenstown

Departs: Tues / Thurs / Sat

River & Rainforest from Regatta Point, Strahan

Departs: Mon / Wed / Fri

Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

Saturday 10th June – the Rack & Gorge service from Queenstown is operating. The Wilderness Carriage is already fully booked on this day. A Heritage Carriage is available.

Sunday 11th & Monday 12th June – there is no train operating however, Queenstown Station (museum & Gift Shop) & Tracks Café will be throughout the weekend

 

Winter Rack and Gorge

Departs Queenstown Station at 10am  on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This half day steam train journey travels the steep grades of the Rack and Pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and cool temperate rainforest complete the experience.Travel in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient pioneers to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild west coast. The train returns at 2pm.

Your journey in the Winter Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, home baked morning tea and a light lunch with continuous steaming hot tea/coffee throughout the journey.

Adult $165, Child $95, Family $380 (up to 2 children)

Heritage Carriage will be available on the Rack on Gorge during the school holiday period 3rd – 22nd July 2017.

Adult $100, Child $50, Family $240 (up to 2 children)

Winter River and Rainforest

Departs Regatta Point station in Strahan at 10am Monday, Wednesday and Friday during Winter. Enjoy the magnificent harbour views as the train follows the shoreline and then the Gordon River as you journey deep into the rainforest. Marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses many bridges including the formidable iron bridge, one of the two major river crossings on this line. The train returns at 2pm.

Your journey in the Winter Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, morning tea and a light lunch with tea/coffee.

Adult $165, Child $95, Family $380 (up to 2 children)

Heritage Carriage will be available on the River and Rainforest during the school holiday period 3rd – 22nd July 2017.

Adult $100, Child $50, Family $240 (up to 2 children)

2017 SPRING TIMETABLE 1 September 2017 – 2 January 2018 

The spring timetable commences on the 1st September, reverting to usual departure times.

There is a fare increase from September.

Please see West Coast Wilderness Railway 1 9 17 to 2 1 18 Timetable for further information

Queenstown Explorer

Departs Regatta Point Station, Strahan at 830am Thursday and Friday (only) travelling the length of the line to Queenstown and return to Strahan at 6pm. This full day rainforest railway experience operates on Thursday and Friday only during Spring and includes highlights of King River Gorge and the Abt Rack and Pinion section. The train stops in Queenstown for one hour allowing passengers to explore the historic mining town and discover the regions rich history with an optional tour guide.

Your journey in the Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, morning and afternoon tea and a buffet lunch.

Adult $239, Child $130

Travel in the Heritage Carriage (no catering) is $185 per adult $80 per child and $390 for a family pass (up to 2 children)

Rack and Gorge

Departs Queenstown Station at 9am, daily (excluding Sunday) during spring. This half day steam train journey travels the steep grades of the Rack and Pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and cool temperate rainforest complete the experience. Travel in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient pioneers to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild west coast. The train returns at 1pm.

Your journey in the Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, morning tea and a light lunch with tea/coffee.

Adult $175, Child $100

Heritage Carriage (no catering) Adult $110, Child $55, Family $245(up to 2 children)

River and Rainforest

Departs Regatta Point station in Strahan at 215pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during Spring. Enjoy the magnificent harbour views as the train follows the shoreline and then the Gordon River as you journey deep into the rainforest. Marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses many bridges including the formidable iron bridge, one of the two major river crossings on this line. The train returns at 615pm.

Your journey in the Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, and High Tea.

Adult $175, Child $100

Heritage Carriage (no catering) Adult $110, Child $55, Family $245 (up tp 2 children)

2018 SUMMER TIMETABLE 3 January 2018 – Easter 2018 

Queenstown Explorer

Departs Regatta Point Station, Strahan at 9am travelling the length of the line to Queenstown and return to Strahan at 6pm. This full day rainforest railway experience operates on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during Summer and includes highlights of King River Gorge and the Abt Rack and Pinion section. The train stops in Queenstown for one hour allowing passengers to explore the historic mining town and discover the regions rich history with an optional tour guide.

Your journey in the Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, morning and afternoon tea and a buffet lunch.

Adult $239, Child $130

Travel in the Heritage Carriage (no catering) is $185 per adult $80 per child and $390 for a family pass (up to 2 children)

Rack and Gorge

Departs Queenstown Station at 830am and returns at 1pm daily during Summer. An afternoon departure also operates from 215pm – 515 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This half day steam train journey travels the steep grades of the Rack and Pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and cool temperate rainforest complete the experience. Travel in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient pioneers to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild west coast.

Your journey in the Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, morning tea and a light lunch with tea/coffee.

Adult $175, Child $100

Heritage Carriage (no catering) Adult $110, Child $55, Family $245 (up to 2 children)

River and Rainforest

Departs Regatta Point station in Strahan at 830am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during Summer. An afternoon departure is available from 215pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Enjoy the magnificent harbour views as the train follows the shoreline and then the Gordon River as you journey deep into the rainforest. Marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses many bridges including the formidable iron bridge, one of the two major river crossings on this line.

Your journey in the Wilderness Carriage includes a welcome juice or sparkling wine, and High Tea.

Adult $175, Child $100

Heritage Carriage (no catering) Adult $110, Child $55, Family $245 (up to 2 children)

MORE ABOUT THE RAILWAY

Listen to the hissing of steam and the shrill of the whistle of our original ABT Locomotives. Authentically restored in our Queenstown Workshops, Abt 1 dates back to 1896, Abt 3 1898 and Abt 5 1938. Pose with a driver and explore the cab, as the magnificent steamer hauls you along the track.

Travel from the heart of Queenstown deep into the West Coast mountains to the beginning of the iconic ABT Rack and Pinion section of track. The first of its kind in Australia, the system enables the locomotive to traverse the steep slopes. The Rack and Pinion is a must see for all who travel to Queenstown.

Experience firsthand what it was like to live and work along the line on a visit to our Abt Railway Museum. Listen to the stories of yesterday and discover the history and feats of our forebears.
Enjoy visits to the following stations along the route:

Lynchford – Step back in time as you immerse yourself in the rich history.

Rinadeena – Feeling peckish? Refuel yourself with a Tasmanian treat from the Rinadeena Café.

Dubbil Barril – All the action happens at Dubbil Barril Station.

Heritage Carriage Experience:

Step back into a period style carriage where your authentic guide brings the story of the railway’s triumph over adversity to life.

Wilderness Carriage Experience:

Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival as you step on board our Wilderness Carriage. Sit back in comfort as you immerse yourself in the resilient stories of the railway and its people. Enjoy exclusive access to the Wilderness Balcony and let the aromas of the rainforest invigorate your senses.

Travelling time from both Hobart and Launceston is approximately 4 hours so we recommend overnight accommodation on the West coast. Choose from our properties located in Queenstown and  Strahan

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