WEST COAST WILDER­NESS RAIL­WAY

Australian Geographic - - Your Society -

THISSTEAM LO­CO­MO­TIVE ex­pe­ri­ence chugs on cen­tury-old tracks for more than 34km across rivers, through an­cient rain­for­est and along rims of plung­ing gorges. The West Coast Wilder­ness Rail­way is a re­con­struc­tion of the Mount Lyell Min­ing and Rail­way Com­pany rail­way that used to haul cop­per be­tween Queen­stown and Re­gatta Point at the port of Stra­han, and was for many years the only trans­port link be­tween Queen­stown and the rest of Tas­ma­nia. To­day’s pop­u­lar tourist op­er­a­tion fo­cuses on bring­ing the harsh min­ing days back to life.

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