West Coast Wilderness Railway Queenstown
Where is it at?
West Coast Wilderness Railway
1 Driffield Street
Tel: 3 6471 0100
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the West Coast Wilderness Railway was once considered one of the greatest engineering marvels in the entire country? Back then it was called the ABT Railway, and it was the West Coast pioneers who built the original railway all the way back in 1896.
Now, the whole family can explore these amazing journeys on a number of experiences through the sheer sided rainforest gorges, and amazing Tasmanian landscapes! It's also a great way for the kids to learn all about the history of the area, the railroads, the construction, and the people who battled a lot to achieve it!
Way back in 1896, to build a railway such as the West Coast Wilderness Railways, the men had to pick and shovel the side of the gorge for many miles to make room for the tracks. It stretched along the King River, and they had to build a total of 42 bridges! That's pretty amazing!
For that famous "quarter mile" bridge below the gorge, they actually had to drive pylons 60ft into the silt - which meant they were constantly up to their waists in cold water! Pretty brave of them!
The West Coast Wilderness Railway tours offer all visitors a chance to really explore the unique rail heritage that can be found in Tasmania.
There are a number of experiences that you can choose from. The Rack and Gorge lets you enjoy a half day steam train journey that departs from Queenstown Station, and takes you up the steep grades that the railway is renowned for.
It's amazing to see the King Rover Gorge and the rainforest!
If you want to check out the original harbourside Regatta Point Station, then you can jump on the River and Rainforest experience, that follows the foreshore and allows kids to really get up close to some major engineering feats!
These West Coast Wilderness Railway journeys are great for the whole family, no matter what age, or if you are an avid train lover or not! There is so much more to experience.
How much does it cost?
- AdultsTickets from $95
- ChildrenTickets from $40 (Ages 2 to 14)
- Free Under: 2 years without seat allocation
When can we go?
Departure times vary on the tour you choose
All year round
The Wilderness Carriage lets you enjoy morning tea and a light lunch on board as part of your fare!.
Tracks Cafe is a great place in Queenstown Station to enjoy some healthy and tasty snacks before you board!.
Any Top Tips?
Visit the Abt Railway Museum and learn all about the history of how the railway was built! It's great to appreciate it once you are on the train.
Doing our bit
They are dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of this amazing heritage. It's an important part of the states history. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can help .
Can I get one of those?
The Railway Gift Shop lets you take home some of the state's finest gifts and produce, as well as historical books and DVDs. .
Winter prices may vary. .