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Located 180kms south of Burnie and 256kms west of Hobart, Queenstown is the largest town on Tasmania’s west coast. The western slopes of Mount Owen were first explored in 1862 and the discovery of gold initially attracted the miners. Interest in Queenstown soon changed with the discovery of an abundance of copper in the area and as a result the valley settlement of Queenstown soon grew out of the wilderness.
Prospectors discovered a huge copper deposit that has lasted for over 130 years. The hills and mountains surrounding Queenstown were once heavily forested but early copper ore smelting technology produced fumes that, combined with erosion from an average rainfall of over 2.5 metres per year, denuded the slopes surrounding the town.
The rocky mountain sides now exhibit surreal pink and grey tones caused by the conglomerate rocks that make up the mountains. Whilst Queenstown is still an active mining region it’s also become a popular tourist destination with a range of local shops and galleries to explore.
Things to do in Queenstown
Queenstown Tasmania Heritage Tours
This tour operator offers three fascinating tours of the local region these include; lost mines ancient pines, historic lake Margaret hydro tour and the Mount Lyell underground mine tour. Located at 24 Sticht St, Queenstown.
West Coast Wilderness Railway Abt Railway
This unique world class steam railway takes you back through the West Coast’s history. Travel through the rugged west coast wilderness from the comfort of the fully refurbished carriages. Located at Driffield Street, Queenstown
Nelson Falls Walk
Take an easy 20-minute return walk to Nelson Falls and enjoy the stunning Tasmanian bush wilderness. A National Park Pass is required and can be purchased online or from Queenstown or Derwent Bridge. Additional information below:
King River Rafting Tours
Spend a day rafting on the King River and enjoy the natural wonders of Tasmania’s wilderness from a more exhilarating perspective. They provide all equipment including wetsuit, helmet, life jacket and spray jacket. Tour pickup from Silver Hills Hotel in Queenstown – see website (below) for more details.
Lake Burbury (Fishing)
This lake is located 11kms south of Queenstown on the A10 and is regarded as one of the besting inland fishing destinations in Tasmania. Please observe all inland fishery and state laws regarding fishing licenses and seasons.
Motorhome & Campervan Parks Queenstown
Queenstown Cabin & Tourist Park
If you’re renting a camper or motorhome from AutoRent Hertz Tasmania there are powered and un-powered sites available. There is also cabin accommodation available if you’re cruising Tasmania in a Hertz rental car. Located at 17 Grafton St, Queenstown.
Drive Times & Distances to Queenstown
From Devonport: app. 2 hours 30 minutes – 200kms
From Hobart: app. 3 hours 35 minutes – 260kms
From Launceston: app. 3 hours 20 minutes – 245kms
Queenstown Visitor Information Centre
Lyell Tours can assist in relation to things to do in Queenstown.
Address: Driffield St, Queenstown
Phone: 03 6471 2388
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