The drive into Queenstown from the South is nothing short of spectacular - if not a little stomach churning as you wind your way down the 99-bends of the Gormanston Hill.
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 - created by a brutal mining past.
Queenstown is the home of the ABT Railway - opened in 1897 to transport copper to Strahan - the only way to get the ore to market. This railway was the only access through to Queenstown until 1932 when the road to Hobart was opened. Visitors can now journey along the same tracks on board the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Spend your time visiting art galleries, museums, lookouts and surrounding Lake Burbury (created in in the 1980s after the flooding of the King River) whilst taking the time to delve a little deeper to learn it's history - there's always a local keen to share a story.
Popular in and around Queenstown
Spion Kop Lookout
Named after a battle in the Boer War, climb this short but steep walkway to enjoy fantastic 360 degree views of Queenstown. With some mining and heritage exhibits along the way and interpretation information at the top to help you learn the names of key landmarks, Spion Kop can help you truly appreciate Queenstown.
Break up the long drive and stretch your legs - you won't be disappointed. Nelson Falls are reached after an easy 20 minute return (1.4km) boardwalk stroll beside a river through a forest of sassafras, myrtle and ferns. The falls are especially spectacular after heavy rain.
Eric Thomas Galley Museum
Housed in the 1897 Imperial Hotel offering a unique collection telling stories of survival, endurance and sacrifice, as well as providing a very personal record of the people themselves and their daily lives.
Places to stay near Queenstown
The Railway Hotel
The Railway Hotel provides family and backpacker style accommodation at Queenstown. There are six ensuite rooms accommodating 15 guests and 10 standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities accommodating 20 guests. There are laundry facilities which include a washing machine and a clothes dryer.
A comfortable cottage kept cosy in winter and cool in summer. You'll enjoy the luxury of sleeping in a lovely queen size four poster bed in the main bedroom. Comstock Cottage is a good base for exploring the many attractions of the old mining town of Queenstown.
Mt Lyell Anchorage
Luxurious comfort and style with a homely feel. Gorgeous bespoke bathrooms, comfortable beds, a stylish mix of period and new furniture, quality inclusions and a friendly host.