You'll start this incredible day out with our Rack and Gorge tour on board the historic steam train that has been traversing the rugged and unforgiving terrain for more than 120 years!
Sit back and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the your carriage, hear tales of hardship, the characters and how the terrain was tamed to allow Queenstown to sell its ore to the rest of the world.
Continue your Queenstown experience with RoamWild who take you fossicking in the Jukes Proprietary mine before you travel to the Lake Margaret Hydro Power Station.
RoamWild offer the only access to the Lake Margaret site. You'll visit the 1914 powerhouse, view the lower weir and wood-stave pipeline. On your way back to Queenstown, you will see the remains of the Mt Lyell smelter works and the original railway works.
Yes, advance bookings are essential for this tour package.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queens Birthday public holiday but operates all other days, subject to the published timetable.
There is no cost for a child under 2 years to travel onboard the train when carried by a parent (no seat allocation). To travel on the Steam Hydro and Lost Mines tour, a child seat is provided and must be used, hence the cost.
It depends. If you travel in the Wilderness Carriage, canapes, morning tea and a light lunch is included, along with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice when you board, plus tea and coffee.
Passengers in the Heritage Carriage can purchase drinks and snacks on board.
A short lunch break is available upon returning to Queenstown Station prior to commencing the Steam Hydro and Lost Mines tour. If you'd like to have lunch at Tracks Cafe, we strongly recommend that you pre-order lunch before boarding the train in the morning. Just speak to our friendly cafe staff to place your order and have it ready to enjoy as soon as you get back.