A rich mining history has left a visible legacy on the majestic rugged hills that surround the character-filled town of Queenstown.


Queenstown is the gateway to the West Coast with a rich and rugged mining history, a unique ‘moonscape’ and loads of wild west appeal. It’s also close to the edge of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area and surrounded by great fishing lakes.

Queenstown, the largest town on Tasmania’s West Coast, is surrounded by dramatic hills and mountains and was once the world’s richest mining town. The copper mining and mass logging in the early 1900s created a surreal and rocky ‘moonscape’ of bare coloured conglomerate.

Although Mother Nature is slowly creeping back into the landscape, the scenic drive into Queenstown down a spiralling road with over 90 bends is still nothing short of spectacular and a testament to the brutal reality of Tasmania’s mining past.

While mining activity may have slowed down in recent years, there’s still lots of character in the town with a population of proud and friendly locals and a growing creative community of artists and makers.

There’s plenty for the curious visitor to do, from an underground mine tour and local history museum to walks in the nearby wilderness, where you can discover scenic lookouts, waterfalls and relics of the old mining days – or simply stroll the unique streetscapes of the city centre.

Queenstown is also home to the historic  West Coast Wilderness Railway, a unique heritage and wilderness experience that runs half-day steam train journeys along a historic 35km track between Queenstown and Strahan, with a full-day option departing Strahan.

Queenstown is a 2-hr drive (162 km) from Burnie and 3.5-hour drive (260 km) from Hobart.


  • At the top of Gormie Hill, check out the impressive Ironblow Lookout
  • In town, visit the grand main hotel with its beautifully crafted blackwood staircase or take a heritage walking tour through the town’s past and browse the local shops and galleries
  • Take a tour of Lake Margaret or visit historic mines of the past, some within the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area


Visitor Information

Queenstown Visitor Information

C/- The Galley Museum
1 – 7 Driffield Street, Queenstown. Tas. 7467
Tel: (03) 6471 1483
Fax: (03) 6471 1483

Open: 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 12.30pm – 6pm Saturday and Sunday (October – April). 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm – 6pm Saturday and Sunday (May – September).

Closed: Christmas Day


B&B’s, backpackers, caravan park, hotels and motels, self-contained cabins, cottages and apartments. Advance bookings are strongly recommended all year. If you have not pre-booked accommodation and plan to stay overnight in Queenstown between December and April you are advised to ring in advance and secure accommodation prior to driving to Queenstown.

Motor Homes

Self-contained motor homes and caravans can stay overnight at Lake Burbury, Composting toilets and BBQ facilities are accessible 24 hours.


Queenstown Library & Online Access Centre, Driffield Street, Queenstown.
Tel: (03) 6471 1946.

Banks & ATMs

ANZ Bank agency and ATM, Railway Express General Store, Queenstown.

Bendigo Bank and ATM, Orr Street, Queenstown.

Commonwealth Bank agency, Australia Post, 32 – 34 Orr Street, Queenstown.

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