itineraries in time for the holiday season for passengers keen to explore some of the state’s historic hidden gems.
From December 15, 2014, visitors will be able to experience the Railway’s rich history on the full day ‘Queenstown Explorer’. Departing Mondays and Tuesdays from Strahan’s original harbourside Regatta Point Station, the tour takes in the King River Gorge, the “rack” section of the railway track, magnificent rainforest and all stations along the way. The journey will return to Strahan around 6pm.
During the trip, guests will have the chance to explore the historic mining town of Queenstown, try their luck panning for gold and discover the remarkable development of the region with either a guided or self-guided tour. The Queenstown Explorer is available for $149 per adult and $65 per child or $335 for a family of up to two adults and two children in the Heritage Carriage.
Or experience this majestic journey on Wilderness Carriage for $195 per adult and $110 per child which includes seats in a balcony carriage, sparkling wine on arrival, morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea.
For visitors looking for a shorter journey, the new half day ‘River and Rainforest’ experience begins operation from December 17, 2014.
This afternoon journey available Wednesday to Friday, offers a relaxing ride from Strahan, taking in the fabulous harbour views as the train follows the foreshore and the river as it journeys deep into the rainforest. Guests can marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses the many bridges, including the formidable Iron Bridge, one of the two major river crossings on the line.
Heritage Carriage tickets are available for $95 per adult and $40 per child or $220 for a family of up to two adults and two children. Or guests can enjoy the spoils of Wilderness Carriage for $135 per adult and $70 per child which includes seats in a balcony carriage, sparkling wine or juice on arrival and a delicious high tea served during the journey.
West Coast Wilderness Railway General Manager, Michael Saville, said the new experiences follow an extensive upgrade of the track.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer passengers the chance to experience the complete Railway experience which makes up an important historical part of Tasmania’s West Coast.
“The longevity of the attraction has been made possible after an injection of around $12 million from both the former Federal Government and the Tasmanian State Government, where more than 12,000 sleepers, many kilometres of track and one of the 40 bridges have been replaced as well as major land slip remediation. We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors aboard this moving journey,” said Mr Saville.