Heritage & Arts

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Queenstown & Strahan


Driffield Street, Queenstown &
Regatta Point Station, The Esplanade, Strahan


Step back in history and climb aboard a majestic Heritage train. Journey deep into the heritage of the wild West Coast, 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. The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a must do experience.

RACK AND GORGE JOURNEY departs Queenstown on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9am.

Enjoy a half-day return trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril, stopping at the outlying stations of Lynchford and Rinadeena.

The train returns to the Queenstown station at approximately 1pm.

To allow West Coast Wilderness Railway to manage passenger safety the following updates to operations have been introduced:

- West Coast Wilderness Railway staff will allocate passenger seating for each booking and ensure adequate social distancing between travel parties

- Passengers are required to adhere to our COVID Safe Conditions of Carriage.  Guests must agreed  to these Conditions  before completing their booking.

- Additional sanitisation stations will be set up and each station along the journey

- We have implemented heightened food safety and hygiene practises.

Please contact the West Coast Wilderness Railway or the West Coast Visitor Information Centre  for a copy of the COVID-19 Terms and Conditions or for further clarification.


RIVER TO RAINFOREST JOURNEYS departing Strahan will recommence January, 2021.

River and Rainforest - a 4 hour tour taking you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged West Coast.

Soak up the stunning views of Macquarie Harbour as you travel along the foreshore from Regatta Point Station in Strahan. As you enter the rainforest, you’ll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana – once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania, and the place where construction of the railway first began.

QUEENSTOWN EXPLORER journeys will recommence January 2021

Queenstown Explorer - On this full day steam train journey, you will travel the length of the West Coast      Wilderness Railway, stopping at every station along the line and hearing the many stories of the resilient people and extraordinary events that brought the railway to life.

As you travel through impenetrable rainforest, climb rugged mountains and pass deep gorges, you will understand the huge challenges that were overcome to build the line that would eventually connect the region’s rich copper mines to the port at Strahan. The railway also connected people and communities, and throughout the day, you will pass through the camps, settlements, towns and farms that once thrived here.

You will stop at Lower Landing on the edge of the King River, and Dubbil Barril where there is a short walking trail through the rainforest to see Huon pine and other native forest species. And you will ascend the steepest section of track under the power of the Abt rack and pinion system to reach Rinadeena, where annual rainfall can be up to three metres! This is the only operating Abt rack and pinon railway in the Southern Hemisphere

Your tour includes a 90-minute lunch stop in Queenstown, where you will have time to explore this historic mining town and take an optional guided walking tour. In the afternoon a return railway journey back to Strahan.