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  • Please refer to our COVID-19 Safety Conditions of Carriage below.

Step back in history as you board a majestic steam train and journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness.

In the late 1800s, after swindling gold miner, James Crotty out of his land and discovering what would become one of the world’s largest copper mines, Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly had a problem. He needed a way to transport his copper from Queenstown to the now-forgotten port of Teepookana – and later, through to Strahan.

From this problem was born a remarkable solution and, with a frontier spirit and intense determination, a railway was built through ancient rainforest and unforgiving terrain. There were rogues, rivals and disbelievers that said the line would slide into to the treacherous King River, but over a century later, the rail retains its working-class roots whilst providing visitors with a wilderness journey through time. 

Today you will journey in comfortable carriages pulled by the rail’s original, heritage locomotives and listen to our guides tell the stories of the men, women and children that lived along the line. Stop at a series of historical stations, take in the surrounding rainforest and pause to admire the tenacity and resilience of those that called this wilderness ‘home’.

Returning to service

The West Coast Wilderness Railway recommenced journeys from Queenstown in September 2020 with our Rack and Gorge journey as well as the Raft and Steam package. While borders have remained closed, we have experienced unexpectedly high demand and have added journeys to our timetable where possible. Customers are encouraged to visit our booking page to check availability and to plan your journey and book well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Due to ongoing project works and track replacement, Strahan journeys are due to recommence on 2 January 2021.  As a result, Regatta Point Station and Tracks on Point in Strahan remain closed.

Our booking office and retail store and Tracks Cafe located at Queenstown Station are currently open. Please visit these respective listings for more information and opening hours.

COVID Safety Plan – Conditions of Carriage

The below conditions are designed to provide the safest environment for our staff and customers, however, we strongly recommend our guests travel with the COVID Safe phone application:

  • Guests are required to provide a contact name and phone number for all ticket holders either at or before check in.
  • In the 14 days prior to your journey with West Coast Wilderness Railway, guests that have spent time in an affected region or premises, been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, or shown signs or symptoms of being unwell are not able to travel and will be provided with a full refund.
  • Allocated seating per travelling group and adequate distance between travelling parties will be managed by West Coast Wilderness Railway staff.
  • Guests must remain in their allocated seats at all times while the train is moving as well as observe social distancing recommendations with regards to other travelling parties, especially when boarding and disembarking the carriages.
  • Sanitisation stations will be provided at regular intervals along the journey and guests are required to utilise these before boarding the carriage. If you are allergic to certain brands of sanitiser, you are encouraged to bring your own as you will still be asked to sanitise.
  • Guests may be subject to temperature checks and expected to comply if requested.
  • Any guest showing signs of being unwell once on the journey will be requested to wear a face mask, which will be supplied by West Coast Wilderness Railway staff.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway team recognises that changes to the COVID Safety landscape are evolving and, as such, reserves the right to update the above terms and conditions based on any additional requirements enforceable by law.