Queenstown Tasmania

Train driver on ABT Railway Image Courtesy: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne

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.

Visit the Queenstown Tasmania Heritage Tours Website

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

Visit the West Coast Wilderness Railway Website

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.

Visit the King River Rafting Tours Website

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.

Visit the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Website

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.

Visit the Queenstown Cabin & Tourist Park Website

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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