Join the west coast community for a day of family fun at the Mount Lyell Strahan Australia Day Picnic – held at West Strahan Beach on 26 January 2021 from 10.00 am.
Now in its 123rd year, the annual event includes a variety of exciting picnic activities such as a treasure hunt, a sand castle competition, tug of war, sack races and horseshoe throwing. Children can enjoy a range of free fruit, ice cream, drinks and sweets. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Lunch will be available for purchase on the day.
Originally created by the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company for their employees and their families, the first picnic was held on 5 December 1897 with families journeying from Queenstown to Strahan on the Abt Railway in an empty top ore cart (with only a hessian canvas as a shelter from the sun) to enjoy a day of fun.
Kick your day off by travelling as the original Strahan picnickers would – via the West Coast Wilderness Railway from Queenstown to Strahan. A discounted fare of $35 per person will be offered for picnickers. This special service departs Queenstown at 7:30am on Tuesday 26 January. An optional return coach will depart West Strahan Beach at 4:30pm if you need a ride back to Queenstown (at a cost of $10 per person). Tickets are available from the Queenstown Station (phone 64710100) from Monday 4th January. Due to distancing requirements, we encourage those wishing to join us to book in advance to reserve your seat on board.