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Don River Railway

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Address: Forth road, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
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+61 3 6424 6335
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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USD 82.86*
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Fun, historic train trip

Our family of 5 enjoyed visiting and riding on the Don River Railway. A great chance to sit in the luxury cabins, look out the windows, watch the trees, river and houses go past... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family of 5 enjoyed visiting and riding on the Don River Railway. A great chance to sit in the luxury cabins, look out the windows, watch the trees, river and houses go past. We travelled to Coles Beach, went for a walk along the beach and then caught the next train back. The older kids (ages 2 and 4)... More 

Thank JamesandDebbie
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Friendly and knowledgable staff who could not be more helpful. The museum and old train engines and carriages are fascinating to look through. The royal carriage used by the King and Queen's mother was a delight. The gift shop has some lovely things and plenty of goodies for young children. Complimentary tea and coffee was very welcome on a brisk... More 

Thank OzHarry
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The train journey is very short. We took a picnic and ate it at our destination and came back on the train a hour later. We then spent hours looking over all of the old trains in the yard, in their various states - and the signal house. They and the museum were fascinating. We all enjoyed it.

Thank Rachel C
Burnie, Australia
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Don't pass by this little corner of Devonport. Where else can you get a free train ride AND a hot drink included in your entry fee? The staff are all volunteers, and clearly passionate about their beautifully maintained trains, and their history. The trip to Coles Beach and back runs beside the Don River, and through the adjacent reserve. Make... More 

Thank Honeybower
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

My hubby and I stopped here on the last day of our trip to Tasmania. My husband has always had a passion for trains so we went along to check it all out. The staff (which I understand are volunteers) were quite grumpy and disinterested. The entry price was way too high for what is on offer. There were no... More 

Thank Lexi C
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The kids loved this 1970s train. It's only a short ride and when you get back to the station you can explore the yard including parts of the workshop. It's all volunteer run but the people are friendly and helpful. The old carriages from the 1880s were amazing!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Newcastle, Australia
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73 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The volunteers should be very proud of the professional way they run this their tourist attraction. Staff are experts in their field, friendly and enthusiastic. The train journey is very nice and the exhibits and workshops are exceptional. Well done, many professionally run organisations could take lessons from these volunteers.

Thank Beryl R
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

A very cute tourism place that people of all ages can enjoy. The train trip (included in the entrance fee) was very informative and we found the experience to be one of the best value for money attractions in Tassie. This railway is run solely by volunteers who must be congratulated for their professionalism.

Thank Deb K
Netanya, Israel
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181 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Situated just near the Don River a short distance from central Devonport. Well preserved old train carriages and steam locomotive. Historically relevant as it boasts transporting Prince Edward

Thank Roz D
Melbourne, Australia
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285 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

What a gem! one of the best tourist railway I ever visited They open almost everyday! En route are scenic, workers, staff are friendly , the fare is cheap and including museum , workshop, signal box visit of course including ride the train too, and free coffee/tea :) Their carriages and locomotives are well preserved, and in fact you get... More 

Thank James C

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