Zeehan - West Coast Wilderness Railway - Strahan
This morning we bid farewell to Cradle Mountain and begin our drive south to Rosebery and then onto Zeehan. Here we take a look through the local Pioneer Museum before continuing onto the smelting village of Queenstown for lunch.
Through the boom years of west coast mining, steam locomotives hauled a fortune in pure copper from the Mt. Lyell Mine, through the rugged King River Gorge and down to Macquarie Harbour in Strahan. From 1896 to 1963 steam billowed through the rainforest as the German designed ABT railway dragged the train, cog by cog, up the steep 1:16 slope. Now, after 40 years, the West Coast Railway is up and running again. The 35km journey passes through one of the world’s last pristine wilderness areas and crosses 40 bridges.
This afternoon we catch the magnificently restored West Coast Wilderness Railway to Strahan, arriving late afternoon. We spend the next 2 nights at the Strahan Village Inn.