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.
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:
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.