Through the boom years of west coast mining, steam locomotives hauled a fortune in pure copper from Queenstown's Mt Lyell mine, through the rugged King River gorge and down to the Macquarie Harbour port of Strahan. From 1896 to 1963, steam billowed through the rainforest as the Swiss designed Abt West Coast rack railway dragged the train, cog by cog, up the steep 1:16 slope to Rinadeena.
The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You'll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest, and taste wild leatherwood honey, harvested from the wilderness.
Passengers in Wilderness Carriage class enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding and a Tasmanian Tasting Tower (or canapes and a light lunch on morning departures) plus complimentary hot beverages during your journey, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rainforest and take those magic images. Our comfortable standard Heritage Carriage class offers a choice of drinks and snacks for purchase during your journey.
All River and Rainforest half-day tours depart from and return to Regatta Point Station, on the Esplanade at Strahan. Duration 4 hours.