Hello from cradle mountain!
Yes we did do the railway and I highly recommend it for a day of indulgence and history.
Firstly, the trip to strahan is well worth the hike. We stayed at Risby Cove nd it was lovely. Spectacular sunset views over to Strahan and the harbour and a really delicious restaurant. They can take care of any cruise or railway bookings for you.
We chose the premium package on the railway and I reckon it was worth splurging. We had our own personal host who fed us and kept us informed all day. The carriage was lovely and it has a little balcony at the back where you can pop out and watch the wilderness fly by. The booklet keepsake they give you is so informative and the whole railway and the little stations have been thoughtfully and lovingly restored. Every staff member we spoke to, from our lovely host to the fire guard clearly loves their job and the railway, so how can you help but enjoy. They stop a few times and you can taste some of tassies famous leatherwood honey (the honey lollies are divine and I'm not normally a lolly person!). All the wines were tasty...the sparkling for breakfast was my pick, and the Pinot my last pick (sad...as I am a onit lover).
We had three kids and they too were pampered and fussed over. Others in the carriage got much more bang fr their buck as they had several glasses of everything on offer and seconds of everything to eat! With hindsight, we could possibly have pugged out more, but we were so busy enjoying the Jew and reading all the history!
If you got all that way, you should possibly do the cruise too as it is a totally different and beautiful experience (we didn't do it this time, but I did many years ago).
If you are in strahan, you must drive the 4ks to Ocean Beah to watch the sunset. Grab some fish and chips and a blanket and spend an hour out there on beautiful rugged coastline...stunning.
If you have kids, take them to the little play, every day at 5.30 near the timber mill, it's the story of a daring escape from Sarah Island. It has been runni for 18 years! My kids were too tired to go so I went alone and later wished I had bullied them into going because it was a good chuckle as well as a fascinating true story.
We drove to cradle mountain lodge today and stopped of at the western pioneer museum in Zeehan. Why oh why I hadn't heard anything about this I don't know! This was fantastic! And if you are traveling that way you really should drop in. Not only does it tell a most thorough history of those pioneers of the west, it also holds a wealth of mechanical, medical and cinematic material from the last two centuries. Fascinating! The first blue printing machine looks like a teleporter it's so big!
Did a few short walks this afternoon and then had a horrible pub grub meal at the lodge...by far our worst, saltiest, murkiest meal in Tassie. Belch...not looking forward to tomorrow's dinner :-(