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
Lake Burbury is a popular fishing lake on the edge of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area. A 20-minute drive east of Queenstown. Facilities include toilets, picnic, barbecue facilities, along with boat launching facilities. A caretaker lives on site.
Iron Blow Lookout
The Iron Blow is the site of the earliest major mining venture at Mount Lyell, back in 1883. The lookout gives a vertigo-inducing view of a landscape scarred by historical mining activity. Walk out onto a cantilevered lookout offering fantastic views over the former open cut mine and the Linda Valley.
Donaghys Hill Lookout
Enjoy wilderness views of mountain tops and the Franklin River after this short walk. The track climbs a hill at an easy grade and lands you perched and protected on a rocky lookout point where superb wilderness views will keep your camera busy.
Places to stay near Queenstown
Comfort Inn Gold Rush
Cosy, spacious rooms with Queen sized beds as standard in a Quiet location. FREE WiFi. Comfort Inn Gold Rush offers quality motel accommodation in Queenstown. The motel offers 26 comfortable, spacious, well appointed rooms for singles through to families.
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.
Built-in 1901 the Empire dates back to the wealth of the mining era at the turn of the 20th Century. It is the grand old lady of the West Coast and has a prominent facade in the town streetscape. Inside is a National Trust listed staircase made from Tasmanian Blackwood.