Queenstown has the atmosphere of an historic mining town with nineteenth century pubs and a brightly painted post office. Mount Sedgewick and Mount Owen are the two largest mountains that surround the town. At sunset their summits blaze with orange and pink and by day they resemble a cratered moonscape.
Quintessential Queenstown experiences
- The West Coast Wilderness Railway terminal at the end of Orr street is where the restored Abt steam locomotives leave to pull passenger carriages up the steepest tracks in Australia, into dense rainforest and cavernous gorges.
- The Empire Hotel boasts a National Trust listed staircase made from Tasmanian Blackwood.
- For a 360 degree bird's-eye view of the town take a walk up the Spion Kop hill. From here you will see the heritage listed gravel-surface football oval.
- Take a tour of the Mount Lyell Mine or Lake Margaret Power Station with Queenstown Heritage Tours.
- The Iron Blow on Gormanston Hill was the very first local gold mine made a fortune not from gold but from the copper in the ore that continues to be Queenstown's principal product.
- The LARQ gallery displays works of local and visiting artists inspired by the unique light and colours of Queenstown, a town like no other.
The Eric Thomas Galley Museum features memorabilia and other artifacts with extensive photographic displays of West Coast history and a range of interesting literature about a bygone era.
West Coast Wilderness Railway
The original steam railway from Strahan to Queenstown has been restored for an exhilarating journey through dense rainforest and past cavernous gorges, rushing rivers and toy-town stations. At present the train is not running from Strahan to Queenstown, it runs a return trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and takes 4 hours. Please check when making your booking.
Queenstown Heritage Tours
The famous Mt Lyell tours. Learn the history of the mine and the town and see the open cut. Twice daily. Or try the Lost Mines, Ancient Mines tour south of Queenstown visiting relics in the rain forest. Or perhaps tour the wonderfully preserved Lake Margaret Hydro Power facility.
Where mining in Queenstown began in 1883, the Iron Blow was worked as a gold mine for 10 years before the discovery of vast deposits of copper. The Iron Blow Lookout offers wonderful views of the open cut mine, surrounding mountains and down the Linda Valley.
Bradshaw's Sawmill/Tasmanian Special Timbers Pty Ltd
Specialising in Huon Pine, Sassafras and Blackwood. View the mill at work and feel free to purchase some of the fine timber. Open 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
A 20 minute drive out of Queenstown, take in the sights or fish for trout. Set up a tent and camp the night on the lake. $6 a campsite
Mt Jukes Scenic Drive
Visit Lake Burbury and Bird River south of Queenstown, walk along a railway embankment to the ghost town of Pillinger at Kelly's Basin.
Queenstown Golf Course
Nine hole course best played in summer as wet conditions can make ground heavy in winter. Play a round and then relax with a drink in the bar. Mixed competitions are held every weekend. Lynchford Road, Queenstown. Tel: (03) 6471 1164.
Named by soldiers returning from the Boer War. Enjoy fantastic views of Queenstown when you complete the steep short walk passing mining heritage exhibits along the way. Overlooks the famous Queenstown gravel football oval.
In the bronze sculptures depicting 21 facets of the evolution of the Mt Lyell Mines and surounding areas, sculptor Stephen Walker has depicted significant and traditional events in the 100-year history of the Lyell District.
Queenstown Football Oval
Queenstown's "Gravel" Football Ground has been described by some as "The Most InFamous " football field in Australia. Now heritage listed, it certainly is one that has struck fear into visiting football sides for over one hundred years.
Targa races around the spectacular West Coast roads every April/May.
- Bus from Hobart or Burnie:
Tassielink Coaches - Tullah/Rosebery/Zeehan/Queenstown/Strahan.
Tel: 1300 300 520, Fax: (03) 6231 6090.
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- Road (self drive):
From Burnie take the B18 Murchison Highway
From Hobart take the Lyell Highway
- Closest Town
Zeehan 35mins (38km) and Strahan 45mins (41km)
A Federation hotel built in 1901 which features a carved Tasmanian Blackwood staircase. 2 Orr Street, Queenstown. Tel: (03) 6471 1511.
Eric Thomas Galley Museum
A display of pre-1940s photographs, household items, documents and various equipment. Open 9.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday (October - April), 12.30pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday. 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday (May - September). Closed Christmas Day. Cnr Sticht and Driffield Street, Queenstown. Tel: (03) 6471 1483
The "Landscape Art Research Queenstown" was established by Raymond Arnold in 2006 as a not-for-profit studio/gallery to be a "'wilderness' art space others can come to, under the residency program for visiting artists from around the world.
Art Frontier Galley Art Frontier Gallery located in the Historic Hunters Hotel, Orr Street, Queenstown. Open all year round, showcasing local artwork from the region. Art work includes glass, jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, paintings, photography and prints, Tasmanian made soaps and honey, native peppers and gifts.