The Tasmanian Western Wilderness - Welcome to the West Coast

Prepare to be transformed by the Tasmanian pristine wilderness of memorable world heritage landscapes - where around every hidden river bend and over every misted mountain top, secret moments are waiting to reveal themselves to you...

Strahan - a great place to begin your journey

Strahan has a wide range of accommodation you can settle into before you can set off to explore historic Macquarie Harbour including the mysterious convict history of Sarah Island. Enjoy a world heritage Gordon River cruise, or charter.

Western Wilderness Railway Experience

The West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania offers an historic journey through mountainous terrain and rainforest over 34.5 kilometres between Queenstown and Regatta Point, Strahan. With its rich mining and Irish workforce history dating back to the late 1800s, the track encompasses a remarkable engineering feat that is the steepest rail line in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Railway was originally built by the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company which opened in the late 1800s. After a long closure between 1963 and 2002, it opened as a tourist attraction - The West Coast Wilderness Railway in December 2002 and operated until it closed in 2013.

It's great news for visitors and locals alike that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is once again operating following a period of closure for track repairs. Following a significant injection of funds, the Railway underwent a major upgrade, reopening half the track in January 2014. The Railway now offers three itineraries throughout the week including a full day 'Queenstown Explorer', and the half-day experiences, 'Rack and Gorge' and 'River and Rainforest'.

So, when on the West Coast visit Queenstown to enjoy a trip on the train, have a look around the station with its platform and museum, gift shop and Tracks Cafe and then take a stroll around this historic mining town and enjoy unique views, wild west feel, great pubs, good food and the Galley Museum. Queenstown also has a great selection of accommodation if you would like to stay longer.

The West Coast Visitor Information Centre at Strahan is partnering with West Coast Wilderness Railway to provide information and and tickets. So visit the Centre or call on (03) 64 726800 (10.00am until 5.30pm 7 days per week, hours subject to change seasonally).

Rainforests, Lakes, Mountains and Memories

In the hinterland between Strahan and Lake St Clair National Park lie the four iconic towns of Zeehan, Rosebery, Tullah and Queenstown. Explore the inspiring untouched Tarkine through the town of Corinna. These towns hold unique secret treasures that will capture every visitor's heart. Whether you are seeking an action packed experience or a holiday of relaxed fascination, allow us to be your ultimate guide.

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West Coast Tasmania offers a unique holiday adventure experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Save time and money with stress free advance bookings for all Western Wilderness accommodation and attractions - 1800 352 200 or (03) 6472 6800. You'll find it so easy to design your own adventure; from the Wilderness Railway and rainforest walks to westcoast museums, the friendly local staff at the West Coast Visitor Information Centre in Strahan are your best West Tasmania resource. West Coast Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm (hours subject to change seasonally).

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