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Hotham Valley Tourist Railway Bassendean

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Hotham Valley Tourist Railway
8 Old Perth Rd
Bassendean
WA
6054
Tel: 8 6278 1114

Where are we going today?

We bet you've seen pictures of those really cool old steam trains, with those big puffs of steam hugging out of the top? You have? Well, at the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway, you can actually ride one yourself!

The Hotham Valley Tourist Railway allows you to travel back in time with their range of locomotive tours, perfect for the whole family!

The Forest Tramway is an amazingly historical experience. The services are actually hauled by one of their historic steam or diesel locomotives, and as you journey 8km drom Dwellingup to Etmilyn, you will have an informative running commentary to tell you all about the history. It's a pretty important line, because you will actually be travelling along the state's last surviving lightly built development railway.

At the end of the line you get to enjoy a 20 minute walk along a trail through beautiful plants and wildflowers, located in the rare Jarrah Forest!

The iconic Steam Ranger experience departs between May and October, and gives you a 2 hour excursion down to Isandra Siding, which is a 14km journey. At the end, you will get 30 minutes stop over at the station, and on the return you actually get to experience the steepest and most spectacular section of the railway!

Last but not least, the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway offers you the Restaurant Train, complete with it's authentic 1919 Vintage Dining Car, and 1884 Club Car!

You can enjoy a 5 course meal in the dining car or club car, as the train meanders it's way through the night forest - which will look amazing as it's lit up by the lights of the train!

For all those train lovers, and history fanatics, the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway might be just for you! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $24
  • ChildrenFrom $12 (Ages 2 to 15). Under 2 years: $3
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Departure times vary on the train

Steam Ranger runs May to October. Others rest of year.

I'm Hungry!

The restaurant train offers you lovely five course meals! They even have a Christmas Menu!.

Any Top Tips?

You can buy your tickets at the station.

Doing our bit

They are remaining true to the locomotive heritage, and preserving these trains. .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, give them a call to see how they can assist you .

Can I get one of those?

Souvenir shop available at station where you can pick up those souvenirs to take home with you! .

More information

The Forest Train doesn't run on the days that the Steam Ranger runs. .

What people are saying?

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    It is worth every moment of the journey from Perth to Mandurah, then Dwellingup to experience the Hotham Valley train. As a Brit who has enjoyed the trains from Sydney to Melbourne, to Adelaide, to Alice Springs this was the icing on the cake of Australian railway experience. Run by volunteers the Saturday evening meal venture was quite unique. My host family and I were a big enough party to enjoy the "Commissioner's" carriage by the bar. While I am sure we had the same level of quality service as our fellow travellers, the friendliness, professionalism...Read More

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by Robert Crick

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It is worth every moment of the journey from Perth to Mandurah, then Dwellingup to experience the Hotham Valley train. As a Brit who has enjoyed the trains from Sydney to Melbourne, to Adelaide, to Alice Springs this was the icing on the cake of Australian railway experience. Run by volunteers the Saturday evening meal venture was quite unique. My host family and I were a big enough party to enjoy the "Commissioner's" carriage by the bar. While I am sure we had the same level of quality service as our fellow travellers, the friendliness, professionalism and sheer energy of all the staff made it one of those trips of a life time. The meal was delicious, the service personal and convivial. A great team of folk keeping this part of Australian heritage on track. Thank you so much. To those of you who are reading this build it into your itinerary and arrive a little earlier to enjoy the bar just by the car park. If you arrive any earlier go and experience a bit of the Baden Powell camping areas, some lovely scenery. All in all a great day.

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