They say it is history that moves you. Hop aboard the steam train at Queenstown Station and you’ll feel its pull. It doesn’t take long for the steam and gentle thudding along the tracks to pull you back to a time when the wild west coast was so much more wild.
The railway operates original Dubs & Co. Abt steam locomotives and features the steepest railway section in the southern hemisphere. Journey deep into the heritage and wilderness of the west, where tales of resilience and triumph showcase the iconic local spirit. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the rugged and isolated region. Feel for those who worked on a railway others said was impossible, wearing wet leather boots and spending damp nights by the unfinished track.
For early pioneers the conditions were harsh. For you, the West Coast Wilderness Railway is quite the opposite. Sparkling wine is interspersed with Macquarie Harbour views, home-baked goods are followed by bridges over old-growth forest. Today, there is romance and warmth, a story only possible through those who came before. With a range of full- and half-day experiences departing from Strahan or Queenstown, the West Coast Wilderness Railway offers a steam railway experience like no other.
WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY
1 Driffield Street, Queenstown
(03) 6471 0100
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Your launch pad for exploring Tasmania like a local.