West Coast Wilderness Railway

An authentic recreation of days gone by.

The 36km wilderness railway follows the line hacked out of the wilderness by manual labour toward the end of the 18th century. The line represented the completion of a vision to connect the mining community of Queenstown with markets for ore accessible by ship from Macquarie Harbour.

"Let me say, the steam and diesel trains of the West Coast Wilderness Railway are in a special dynamic category of their own".
Tim Fischer.

To achieve the most authentic reconstruction, contemporary engineers built and laid new rack and pinion track and rails, refurbished the original steam locos, designed and built carriages, constructed new timber trestle bridges and replaced the historic Quarter Mile Bridge, which had been swept away in a King River flood.

Queenstown is a popular tourist destination for its pioneer village atmosphere and rich social and industrial history. The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a major attraction. Lake Burberry and many other smaller lakes around Queenstown offer excellent fishing opportunities.

Tullah. The west coast of Tasmania is thriving because of the mining boom and tourism.
© Tourism Tasmania and John Voss


The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a safe and convenient way to experience something of the pioneering spirit of Tasmania’s West Coast. The moto of the railway translates to ‘Find a way or Make it‘. you can’t get more authentic than that.