Would you like to work with us?

We believe that the working on our railway (as others have done for over 100 years!) is a huge privilege and we want to share the stories and experiences along the railway.

We are a diverse and enthusiastic team that work hard to preserve our heritage through our rolling stock, our railway and in our stories.

West Coast Wilderness Railway is looking for the right people all year round, though our main hiring period is in Sept-December each year.

With roles based in both Queenstown and Strahan, there is opportunity for adventure as both locations are close to world heritage areas, multiple walking tracks, mountain bike trails and kayaking locations for you to explore.

Join a diverse team across a range of roles:

The variety of roles available with WCWR is broad and ranges from café staff, reservations and on board stewards to locomotive drivers and maintenance crews. We are currently recruiting a variety of seasonal and strategic, year-round roles.

  • On train guides (various locations)
  • Food & Beverage Manager (business-wide)
  • Kitchenhand (Queenstown)
  • Cook/chef (Queenstown)
  • Food and beverage front of house (Strahan)
  • Food and beverage front of house supervisor (Strahan)
  • Food and beverage back of house supervisor (Strahan)

View and apply for current roles here.

About us

Located on the west coast of Tasmania, this unique heritage railway takes passengers through incredible rainforest and explores the stories of the people that forged history in the area.

Building the railway in the late 1800s to transport copper from Queenstown to the now-forgotten port of Teepookana – and later, through to Strahan was achieved with a frontier spirit and intense determination, qualities we still look for in our team today.

The railway was built through ancient rainforest and unforgiving terrain, 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 unique wilderness experience.

Today our passengers journey through time and a remote and ancient wilderness in comfortable carriages pulled by the rail’s original, heritage locomotives. Our onboard stewards tell the stories of the men, women and children that lived along the line, while the train stops at a series of remote stations, allowing passengers to take in the surrounding rainforest.

Our workshop, perway and loco teams are a tight knit, passionate team and we work hard to deliver memorable experiences to our passengers year-round. Stations in Strahan and Queenstown also provide visitors with ticketing and retail services as well as museums and we operate two popular cafes.



Driving Distance
Cradle Mountain to Queenstown

110km | 1hr 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Devonport to Queenstown

181km | 2hrs 35 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Hobart to Queenstown

260km | 3hrs 40 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Launceston to Queenstown

296km | 3hrs 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)