Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway Review

If you want to travel back in time and experience rail travel in the style of a bygone era then a journey on the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway is a must!

Located in Dwellingup, approx 1 1/4 hours drive south of Perth, the Hotham Valley Railway operates from Dwellingup Train Station and travels into the Darling Ranges along the state’s last surviving lightly built development railway.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

There are two trains that operate as part of the Hotham Valley Railway.  The Forest Train is diesel-powered and runs each Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays at 10.30am and 2pm. And then there is the magical Steamer Train that operates from May to October on Sundays plus selected Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Steamer Train travels at a leisurely pace from Dwellingup westward, down to Isandra Siding, 14kms away.  Once there, the locomotive will move to the opposite end of the train during the 30 minute stopover and make ready for the return.

During the stopover, you have the opportunity to take photos with the train and get a closer look at the steam engine as it moved to the other end of the carriages and reconnected. You will also have the chance to take a beautiful short walk in the forest.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

On the return journey, you will thrill to the magnificent sights and sounds of a Steam Locomotive hard at work climbing Western Australia’s steepest and most spectacular section of railway, through the Darling Range Escarpment as the train returns you to Dwellingup. Get a glimpse of the history of Western Australia as you travel along an amazing portion of steeply graded and tightly curved railway manually carved into the Darling Range. Once so masterfully serving the timber industry and the agricultural areas of Dwellingup and beyond, this track is now a part of our National Heritage List. The whole experience takes approximately 2 hours.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

The carriages are simple yet spacious, providing space to store bags and even a picnic. The train also has toilets and a cafe, as well as toilets on board. There is also a well-equipped restaurant car that sells snacks, drinks, souvenirs and has a license.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

It is highly recommended that you book your journey in advance which you can do so by phoning the ticket office on 08 6278 1111. If you purchase your ticket on the day at the station please be aware that they only accept cash, no cards. Ticket prices are $28 for the Forest Train and $40 for the Steamer Train.

You are required to arrive at the station 30 minutes before the train departs, in order to board and get settled before departure. Plenty of free parking is available outside the station at the back of the new Dwellingup trails and visitors centre.

Hotham Valley Railway also have other experiences including an all Australian five-course meal served on board while you travel through the forest at night softly lit by the train!

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway

For more information visit www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au or call them Monday to Friday on (08) 62781111

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About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Seniorocity and Buggybuddys. She lives north of Perth with her husband, 2 children, 2 Ragdoll Cats and 1 Maine Coon

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