West Coast Wilderness Railway

by Trish
(Ormeau, QLD, Australia)

My plan is to do all the special train rides in the world. For example, the Trans-Siberia in Russia, the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada.


But back to Tasmania - I would love to travel on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. It's only a short journey of 35 km but it still appeals to me. Maybe because I'm Australian and I definitely want to travel by train throughout my country!

The train travels between Strahan and Alexander. The trip takes 4 hours. They have set it up so that you can travel by train from one town to the other then get a bus back. That way you can just park your car, jump on the train, travel back by bus, then get back to your car.

I love that the bus ride is only 45 minutes long, so much shorter than the train journey time! You would not be riding this train for the quickest journey, but because you want to enjoy the train ride and the great views.

Karen's response:

You know Trish, that idea really appeals to me - experiencing all the special train journeys in the world. And the West Coast Wilderness Railway sounds wonderful!

Apparently, on the journey you also get to stop and walk around while learning some fascinating history.

You'll have to decide between Premier Class and Tourist Class. I must say I do like the sound of those breakfast pastries, plus morning and afternoon tea on Premier Class...

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