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Exploring Queenstown

This small town on the west coast region of the island of Tasmania, was once the richest mining town in the world. Its landscape is one of rugged mountains and hills, and the copper mining and mass logging that occurred in the early 1900's has given this town a 'moonscape' look and left much of the flora stripped bare. Nature is slowly taking its course, though. There are many things for visitors to do, from visiting underground mines, to the local museums where you can learn about the town's rich historical past. For nature lovers, you can take walks in the wilderness, and discover amazing scenery and waterfalls.

Sights nearby

This historic mining town offers many attractions and sights for the curious visitor.

- Galley Museum

In this museum you can learn about Queenstown and its surrounding areas, through pictures, local memorabilia and literature. Housed in the original Imperial Hotel built in 1897, the building operated as one of Queenstown’s leading pubs for twenty years, was also used as a hospital for a time, and as a Single Mens Quarters for the Mt Lyell Mine.

- Iron Blow

Where mining in Queenstown began in 1883, the Iron Blow was worked as a gold mine for 10 years before the discovery of vast deposits of copper. The Iron Blow Lookout offers wonderful views of the open cut mine, surrounding mountains and down the Linda Valley.

- Lake Burbury

This lake is a short 20-minute drive from Queenstown. Formed on the King River in the early 1990s as part of Tasmania’s Hydro Electricity Scheme, you can now come here to fish for trout and camp the night on the lake. For photography lovers, its is also an ideal place to capture Tasmania's breathtaking mountain landscapes.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Despite being a small town of barely 2000 people, you will still find many options for eating and drinking. There are many eateries in town, including cafes and they range from more high-end to budget options. Many restaurants serve modern australian cuisine, featuring fresh local produce. Many of the local accommodation options also offer superb dining facilities such as the Comfort Inn Gold Rush and Penghana Bed & Breakfast.

Public transport

There are good roads, and because of the amazing scenic views, you will love travelling around Queenstown and its neighboring towns. There are no train services in Tasmania so visitors needs to rely on bus and coach and of course car-hire to get to and from cities and regional centres. There are many coach tours that offer very good packages and offer quality itineraries for budget, deluxe and luxury travellers.

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