Drive from Hobart to Queenstown (260 kilometres) or Strahan (300 kilometres) – or from Launceston (distances almost identical).
STRAHAN VILLAGE Three to 4.5-star harbour-side accommodation. strahanvillage.com.au EMPIRE HOTEL A grand old lady from the railway’s heyday opposite the Queenstown terminus. empirehotel.net.au
WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY There’s the half-day ‘Rack and Gorge’, which departs Queenstown and travels to Dubbil Barril; the half-day ‘River and Rainforest’, which makes a round trip from Strahan; and the full-day Queenstown Explorer, a round trip from Strahan with an additional tour of Queenstown. wcwr.com.au STRAHAN Gordon River cruises peep into pristine wilderness. QUEENSTOWN Iron Blow Lookout perches above the open cut of Mount Lyell’s original mine.