West Coast Wilderness Railway

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Experience the beauty of Tasmania in a unique ride around lush green rainforests and mountains and over rivers in a journey with West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Note: This service has halted operations whilst major track work and maintenance is done, and a new operator takes over operations. It is expected to return in late 2013 for the season 2013/14.

These steam trains will take passengers back in time, where instead of carrying copper from mines, visitors are now the cargo!

West Coast pioneers built the original railway in 1896 stretching over 22 miles of wilderness and holding around 42 bridges.

Visitors today can marvel at the wonders from the past, taking a 35 kilometre journey, stopping at stations such as Lower Landing, Dubbil Barril and Rinadeena, where guides will share stories about the history of each significant stop.

The five hour journey will have you taking in spectacular snap-worthy sights, where you will also be able to leave the train at stops and wander along forest paths and visit creeks and the wild Tasmanian rainforest.

In your stop at Lower Landing you will be treated to a tasting of Tasmania's leatherwood honey, made from the hives of the Tasmanian Honey Company that are kept throughout the rainforest.

You can also enjoy 'Fettlers' lunches and afternoon teas on the train if you're feeling a little peckish, or choose to take your journey in the Premier Class carriage to indulge in pastries and local cheeses.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway operates all year – excluding Christmas Day – so make sure to include this journey in your trip to Tasmania!

If you want to stay among the lush rainforests and surrounds, book yourself accommodation in Strahan Village.

This beautiful 'west coast fishing village' is a great escape from the busy city life, allowing you to explore the Tasmania's vast wilderness.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway leaves from Strahan Village, making it a prime spot to plan your stay.

You can choose from a variety of stay options, whether you're wanting a cottage room on the esplanade or a balcony room with spectacular views, you can be sure to find something that you're looking for.

Steaming through the wilderness

Historic Interior of the carriage - Image Credit: Girl in Melbourne (blog)

West Coast Wilderness Railway inches along the track above the river

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