Queenstown Tourism & Travel
Situated in the South West region of Tasmania, Queenstown is some 261kms northwest of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and 241kms west of Launceston. The old mining town, set amongst towering mountains, has a genuine pioneer mining village atmosphere. Queenstowns rich social and industrial history is reflected in its many heritage-listed sites, remaining historic buildings and its uniquely altered landscape. Nearby are the adventure-rich Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and the serene little town of Strahan. In the municipality of the West Coast Council, Queenstown has a population of 2,117 souls.
A Queenstown historical walk takes in many of the heritage-listed sites around Queenstown. Inside the 1898 Imperial hotel, the Eric Thomas Galley Museum showcases the history of the west coast through a collection of photographs and various memorabilia. The restored 1896 West Coast Wilderness Railway travels through the rugged wilderness to the welcoming Township of Strahan.
Queenstown - Near by
There are many attractions located within an 8km radius of Queenstown, including guided tours of Mt Lyell Mines; the Iron Blow, an open-cut mine where gold was discovered in 1883; the ghost town of Linda; Mt Jukes Lookout offering panoramic views; and Lake Burbury, renowned for great trout fishing.
23kms east of Queenstown, A walking trail takes in gorgeous temperate rainforest leading to the breathtaking waterfalls of Nelson Falls.
The Township of Strahan, 35mins southwest of Queenstown is a charming, secluded little town on the Macquarie Harbour and well worth a visit for a peaceful escape.
National Park Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers
The World Heritage listed, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, 20mins east of Queenstown is popular for water sports such as canoeing and white water rafting. Bushwalking through temperate rainforest is also popular, including a 4-day walk to Frenchmans Cap taking in spectacular alpine scenery.
Europeans first explored the area in the 1860s, however Queenstown wasnt settled until 1881, when Cornelius Lynch discovered gold in a nearby creek. Throughout Queenstowns mining history, diminishing gold resources resulted in a transition to copper mining.
The Indian company, Sterlite Industries now owns the mining operations at Beaconsfield. Tourism is also another major industry and focus of today.