When people think about Tasmania they think about World Heritage areas, about scenic beauty, about convict history and gourmet foods and wines. But we’ve also got some great rail experiences in Tasmania, on railways once built to connect isolated communities. Check out the Great Rail Experiences Tasmania website.
Australia’s most southern railway, Ida Bay provides an opportunity to venture into gorgeous Tasmanian bush and beach, and will take you to a long white sand beach that is otherwise inaccessible. On Tasmania’s rugged West Coast you can explore the wilderness from comfy carriages on the West Coast Wilderness railway. At other locations around Tasmania volunteers have worked tirelessly to preserve our rail heritage and offer unique opportunities to ride the rails and step back in time.
At Zeehan on the West Coast, there’s a Museum where you can learn about mining and pioneeer history. In Hobart, the Tasmania Transport Museum has a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock, including trolley buses. On the North-West Coast at Devonport the Don River Railway and Museum has Tasmania’s largest collection of steam and diesel locomotives and you can ride on a diesel or steam train to Coles Beach. They also have a restoration workshop in Launceston. While in that city you might like to visit the Tramway Museum, and learn about life when the city had trams via a photographic history, and even take a ride on a fully restored tram.
After memories of the old days of steam powered machinery ? We’ve a steam train that leaves a fully restored railway station in the country, on a site that is all about preservation of steam and agricultural history. And if you’re into fitness you are going to love our latest addition, a 2.5km pedal powered adventure in the forests of the Derwent Valley using now unused railway lines!
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