We have one piece of really important advice about the West Coast Wilderness Railway: make a booking. In advance. Fading into the distance as we steamed away from the Strahan station, there could be no mistaking the forlorn looks as a disappointed couple were left standing on the platform. It was their final day in Tasmania. The train was fully booked. There weren’t any seats available for them; and they did look ever-so sad as they reluctantly waved us away.

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Strahan Station
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West Coast Wilderness Railway: Strahan Tasmania

Tasmania’s Wild West… Attractions Aplenty

Hopefully, that couple will return one day, as many tourists to this beautiful state do. They will be wiser next time, and won’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of Tasmania’s premier attractions.

We’ve posted a few photos of our West Coast Wilderness Railway journey via social media already. Besides the ridiculous amount of photos we’ve published here, we still have a huge catalogue of additional images left to share. There were train buffs aplenty on our crossing, and we matched them click for click. The steam engines were amazing, but even the inside of the carriages had beautiful timber to admire. Many readers chimed in to endorse our positive thoughts about the railway experience. Obviously it’s a trip to be remembered for a lifetime.

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Carriage Balcony
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Balcony at the back… perfect for photographers!

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Steam Engine
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The engine steams into position at the start of the journey

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Rack and Pinion System
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Opportunities for steam enthusiasts to view the train and track

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Beautiful Timbers
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Beautiful timbers line the ceiling of the carriage

If you’re not so much a train enthusiast, but just like Tasmanian scenery… you’re also in luck with the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Through the train’s large windows, passengers had a fabulous view of the wild west coast, with little need for hiking boots. From aboard the train, and at each and every station, there was something beautiful and worthy of a holiday snap.

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Views of the Wilderness
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Views of the west coast wilderness from large windows

West Coast Wilderness Railway - West Coast Tasmania
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Magnificent scenery to enjoy in comfort

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Bridge
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Looking up… the railway bridge and track

West Coast Wilderness Railway - River
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The bridges… great feats of construction in the wilderness

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Bridge over the River
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Bridge crossing… one of the popular sights on the journey

West Coast Wilderness Railway… Way to Go!

Speaking of stations, you may be pleased to know the train stopped several times and passengers had the opportunity to go. You know… to the toilet. It might be a delicate subject, but it’s one question we know people want answered. They’ve asked us! So don’t be afraid… it’s all good. Refreshments were available for purchase at a station mid-journey as well, and goodies were allowed back onto the train for consumption.

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Refreshments
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Refreshments available at the station mid-trip

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Morning Tea
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Delicious variety of cakes for morning tea (go the chocolate one!)

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Carriage
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Wilderness travelling in style and comfort

Because we travelled on a Monday we were on the Queenstown Explorer, departing from Strahan. The timetable offers different full and half-day options leaving Strahan or Queenstown. The premium service Wilderness Carriage had a handy balcony at the rear for photographs and wonderful views. We’d call the entire crew (including Amanda, Kathleen and Holly) completely awesome; we couldn’t have asked for better attention. The food and wine was all first-class; delivered at regular intervals and always with a smile.

We enjoyed a buffet lunch at the station; again food and drinks were plentiful and fresh. On the full-day version from Strahan, our fellow West Coast Wilderness Railway passengers had an hour’s break to explore Queenstown. A professional guide collected clients for a walking tour of the town after lunch, a totally optional extra. Tourists were also free to wander at their leisure until the train resumed the return journey.

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Buffet Lunch
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Buffet lunch at the Queenstown station

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Queenstown Station
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Queenstown Station, Rack & Pinion Steam Railway

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Queenstown
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Queenstown Tasmania… WCWR station and The Empire Hotel

Travel From Strahan or Queenstown

We don’t want to give away all the details of this stellar tourist attraction. This is just a taster; inspiring an addition to your travel wish-list. Publishing this many photos in a single article probably does warrant a spoiler alert though! Travellers craving information about steam trains and the construction of Dr Roman Abt’s rack and pinion system across the inhospitable terrain of the west coast wouldn’t be disappointed. There was an ongoing commentary (delivered beautifully by Tom, in our case) designed to enlighten passengers at every major feature en route. The stations provided specific facts about each location; and the museum at Queenstown’s station was worthy of much attention. We also had the advantage of a souvenir booklet to peruse on the trip as we sipped our sparkling wine. So trust us, book that seat now. Don’t be left standing on the platform!

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Queenstown Station Museum
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Steam train museum at the Queenstown station

West Coast Wilderness Railway - History
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The fascinating history of the West Coast Wilderness Railway

Queenstown Tasmania - West Coast Wilderness Railway
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Divine experience aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway

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