Lynchford Express

Take a heritage journey through time

Journey Highlights

Board our heritage train at Queenstown Station and take the 20-minute journey to Lynchford, once a centre for pioneers, adventurers and those with gold fever.

Onboard, listen as our guide shares stories and knowledgeable commentary that will take you on a journey through the last 200 years, sharing the stories of the pioneering folk who once called the railway their home.

Disembark at Lynchford Station and walk in their footsteps, pan for gold or take in the Lynchford Museum before heading back to Queenstown with a new appreciation for the railway and its stories.

Wilderness carriage passengers are invited to start their journey with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice and indulge in a locally inspired light menu included in the ticket price.

Quoted pricing and timetable departures subject to change.

Queenstown Station

Climb onboard a lovingly restored carriage and embark on a heritage rail journey through Queenstown.

Lynchford Station

Alight the train at Lynchford, a station approximately 20 minutes train journey from Queenstown and only accessible for passengers onboard our railway. Take in your surrounds, pan for gold like the old timers and take in the history in the Pioneer’s Room in the main station. Heritage Carriage passengers may also wish to purchase a Devonshire Tea from Con’s Cribroom or a hot drink.

Return to Queenstown Station

Experiences

Steam locomotive

Pioneer Stories

Gold Panning

Timetable

1 May 2024 - 20 September 2024

Mon

  • -

Tue

  • -

Wed

  • 11:45AM

Thu

  • 11:45AM

Fri

  • -

Sat

  • 11:45AM

Sun

  • -

21 September 2024 - 26 December 2024

Mon

  • -

Tue

  • 11:45AM

Wed

  • 11:45AM

Thu

  • 11:45AM

Fri

  • 11:45AM

Sat

  • 11:45AM

Sun

  • -

27 December 2024 - 19 January 2025

Mon

  • -
  • -

Tue

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Wed

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Thu

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Fri

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Sat

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Sun

  • -
  • -

20 January 2025 - 31 March 2025

Mon

  • -

Tue

  • 11:45AM

Wed

  • 11:45AM

Thu

  • 11:45AM

Fri

  • 11:45AM

Sat

  • 11:45AM

Sun

  • -

Queenstown Station

Climb onboard a lovingly restored carriage and embark on a heritage rail journey through Queenstown.

Lynchford Station

Alight the train at Lynchford, a station approximately 20 minutes train journey from Queenstown and only accessible for passengers onboard our railway. Take in your surrounds, pan for gold like the old timers and take in the history in the Pioneer’s Room in the main station. Heritage Carriage passengers may also wish to purchase a Devonshire Tea from Con’s Cribroom or a hot drink.

Return to Queenstown Station

Experiences

Steam locomotive

Pioneer Stories

Gold Panning

Timetable

Week Starting 1 May 2024 - 20 September 2024

Mon

  • -

Tue

  • -

Wed

  • 11:45AM

Thu

  • 11:45AM

Fri

  • -

Sat

  • 11:45AM

Sun

  • -

Week Starting 21 September 2024 - 26 December 2024

Mon

  • -

Tue

  • 11:45AM

Wed

  • 11:45AM

Thu

  • 11:45AM

Fri

  • 11:45AM

Sat

  • 11:45AM

Sun

  • -

Week Starting 27 December 2024 - 19 January 2025

Mon

  • -
  • -

Tue

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Wed

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Thu

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Fri

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Sat

  • 11:45AM
  • 2:30PM

Sun

  • -
  • -

Week Starting 20 January 2025 - 31 March 2025

Mon

  • -

Tue

  • 11:45AM

Wed

  • 11:45AM

Thu

  • 11:45AM

Fri

  • 11:45AM

Sat

  • 11:45AM

Sun

  • -

Carriage Options

WCWR offers two types of carriage journeys for each departure. All carriages provide comfortable, upholstered booth seating with good airflow, heating, and cooling.

Wilderness Carriages have the additional benefit of reduced capacity, a carriage balcony, welcome drink, tea and coffee and food service.

Learn more about our carriages

Carriage Type

Heritage Carriage

Adult $45
Child $25
Family $110

History that moves you

Carriage Type

Wilderness Carriage

Adult $85
Child $85
Family NA

History that moves you

Frequently Asked Questions

WILL I FACE BACKWARDS?

During one half of the journey you will face in one direction, but once the train travels in the opposite direction (on the way back to your original departure station), so will you. This means you will face backwards either during the first or second half of your journey. As the train moves quite slowly, motion sickness is exceptionally rare, however, should you have any concerns about this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

Everyone is different and we want everyone onboard to feel welcome and safe.

If you have unique needs, please refer to our accessibility statement and/or contact us.

CAN I BRING FOOD ONBOARD?

Absolutely! We also have kiosks available at remote stations that sell drinks and snacks. For those booked in the Wilderness Carriage, you will also be served a light meal onboard.

IS THERE A TOILET ONBOARD?

No. Toilets are available at remote stations, not onboard. The train journey between Queenstown and Lynchford is approximately 20 minutes. Toilets at remote stations are off grid and located on station platforms.

WILL I FACE BACKWARDS?

During one half of the journey you will face in one direction, but once the train travels in the opposite direction (on the way back to your original departure station), so will you. This means you will face backwards either during the first or second half of your journey. As the train moves quite slowly, motion sickness is exceptionally rare, however, should you have any concerns about this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

Everyone is different and we want everyone onboard to feel welcome and safe.

If you have unique needs, please refer to our accessibility statement and/or contact us.

CAN I BRING FOOD ONBOARD?

Absolutely! We also have kiosks available at remote stations that sell drinks and snacks. For those booked in the Wilderness Carriage, you will also be served a light meal onboard.

IS THERE A TOILET ONBOARD?

No. Toilets are available at remote stations, not onboard. The train journey between Queenstown and Lynchford is approximately 20 minutes. Toilets at remote stations are off grid and located on station platforms.

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