The Truly Authentic Tassie Mining Town
Region: West Coast
What to do in Queenstown Tasmania
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.
The unique landscape around the town features surreal pink and grey tones caused by conglomerate rock – and is sometimes referred to as a ‘moonscape’
The mining operation in the town is no longer running but Queenstown has now become a popular tourist destination with a range of local shops and galleries to explore. The landscape around the town, affected by years of logging and early smelting techniques, has become a unique mountainous terrain – sometimes described as a ‘moonscape’. The surreal pink and grey tones caused by the conglomerate rock are an interesting contrast to the heavily forested areas in the further surrounds.
One of Queenstown’s highlights is the West Coast Wilderness Railway, featuring a train tour through the Tasmanian Wilderness
Things to do around Queenstown Tasmania
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.
Queenstown Tasmania Campervan & Motorhome Parks
Queenstown Cabin & Tourist Park
If you’re renting a camper or motorhome from AutoRent Tasmania there are powered and un-powered sites available.
Travel Times & Distances to Queenstown Tasmania
From Devonport: app. 2 hours 30 minutes – 200kms
From Hobart: app. 3 hours 35 minutes – 260kms
From Launceston: app. 3 hours 20 minutes – 245kms
Visitor Information & Booking Centre
Lyell Tours can assist in relation to things to do in Queenstown.
Address: Driffield St, Queenstown
Phone: 03 6471 2388