Queenstown is located 266km west of Hobart. The copper mining settlement is rich in mining history, a worldwide success story and is blessed with magnificent mountainous scenery. Once an exceptionally flourishing mining town, a reminder of the town’s rich past is apparent at Miners Siding and the Galley Museum where mining memorabilia is displayed.
Views from the lookout, approaching town from the east, are just stunning. The bold beauty of the rugged mountains
of contrasting colours and textures, teamed with the narrow waterfall flowing down the grooves is magnificent. The landscape of the western wilderness is dramatic and so different to that of the east coast of the state and striking in its own sense.
Still a working mining town, underground and open cut operations can be explored on tours at Mt Lyell Copper Mine. You can learn the local mining history on the 2-3 hour tours.
The charming old buildings dating back to the town’s richest mining era keep history alive. The Empire Hotel is a beautiful example and is listed with the National Trust. Drop in for a refreshment or a meal and discover the wooden interior and carved staircase.
Explore the old mining railway route between here and Strahan on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Enjoy the 35km journey through the forest from Regatta Point on the waterfront in Strahan, arriving at the Rack & Pinion Station. From here you can explore the township on foot and join the coach tour returning to Strahan.
If fishing is your forte head out to Lake Burbury which is just 21km east of town and is one of Tasmania’s primary trout fishing locations. The stunning lake with its mountainous backdrop is a magnificent setting in which to drop a line in the water and enjoy the view. A boat ramp is located here as well as a cheap camp ground charging $5 per night per vehicle. Fishing regulations require a current angling licence and size and bag limits apply of 220mm and 20 fish in total possession (both Rainbow and Brown Trout combined).
The scenery here is fabulous, the different ranges in the west are set to impress. The drive between Lake Burbury, Queenstown and on to Strahan is stunning country also and very enjoyable.
Click here for climate statistics for Australian locations (provided by the Bureau of Meteorology)
Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
Return from Queenstown to Tasmania