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Places in Queenstown

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This historic West Coast town is a living history of railways, mining and determination, set in a strange lunar landscape of bare hills.
Queenstown, the largest town on Tasmania's West Coast, is the home of the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company and is best known for its copper mines and smelters. The town was once the richest mining town in the world and today offers a living history of railways and the pioneering spirit.
Evidence of the town's mining history is all around. The large copper smelters, fuelled by the surrounding forests, polluted the area and left the landscape sparse, though the vegetation is now slowing regrowing.
The best vantage points to see the devastation are on the Queenstown-Hobart road as it winds down into the valley and from the popular lookout known as Spion Kop in the centre of town - follow the signs on Hunter Street.
Queenstown was once home to 14 hotels; the Empire, in Orr Street, is one of the finest still standing. Completed in 1901, it has a beautiful handmade blackwood staircase.
In contrast to the scarred hills, are nearby wilderness walks through beautiful, wildlife-inhabited forest to disused tramlines and mineshafts, lookouts and waterfalls including Tasmania's highest, Montezuma Falls.
Queenstown is also the departure point for the West Coast Wilderness Railway, one of the world's great railway journeys.
There's also excellent trout fishing in the surrounding lakes.
Queenstown is a 3 hr 40-min drive (260 km) from Hobart.


Queenstown: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Eric Thomas Galley Museum

The development of Queenstown and the West Coast are featured in more than1,000photographs displayed in the 23 rooms of this museum.
The photographs were collected and the museum established by Mr Eric Thomas.
There are also items of household equipment and personal effects, old documents, coins, cameras from the 1930s, early theater projectors, antique mantel clocks, a collection of kerosene lamps, medallions, badges and Minerals. Extensive Royal Family Memorabilia collection from Queen Victoria to the present. Watch a video on Mount Lyell and the memories of the towns people.

Cnr Sticht and Driffield Streets
Queenstown, TAS, 7467

Located 0.2K from Queenstown

Lake Burbury

Lake Burbury is a popular fishing lake on the edge of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area.
At Lake Burbury, a 15-minute drive east of Queenstown, you can fish for the legendary Tasmanian wild trout with both brown and rainbow trout in abundance or just take in the natural beauty and serenity of the place.
Named after Stanley Burbury, the first Australian-born Governor of Tasmania, the 54 square-kilometre lake was man-made for hydro-electricity production in the early 1990s.
There are boat launching, picnic and barbecue facilities.

Queenstown, TAS, 7467

Located 9.4K from Queenstown

Hogarth Falls

One of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, this walk starts at the top of Peoples Park in Strahan and is a gentle, meandering stroll through sweet-smelling bush to a delightful waterfall.
Local schoolchildren share their connections with the place on interpretive signs along the way.
For a pleasant, more extended walk, leave the car in the town centre and take the foreshore walking track to and from the park itself.

Peoples Park
Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 19.5K from Queenstown

Cove Gallery (Risby Cove)

The Cove Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Strahan on Tasmania's west coast. Strahan is a four-and-a-half-hour drive west of Hobart (298 kilometres) and south-west of Launceston (290 kilometres).
The Cove Gallery is part of Strahan's waterfront Risby Cove accommodation complex. The Gallery is housed within a converted, century-old sawmill workshop and the exposed-beam framework compliments an eclectic collection of work by Tasmanian artists. Paintings, photography, jewellery, ceramics and glass and textile art are featured in the collection. Work by Tasmanian furniture designers and sculptors using rare Tasmanian timbers, such as Huon and King Billy pine, sassafras and myrtle, form a significant part of the collection. Artists whose work has been exhibited at Risby Cove include Tasmanian Aboriginal painter Mick Quilliam, local photographer Rick Eaves and sculptural furniture designer James Vaughn.
Other galleries in Strahan include the Wilderness Woodworks Gallery, where visitors can watch local artisans crafting fragrant Huon Pine.

Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 20.0K from Queenstown

The Ship That Never Was - The Movie

During the winter months (June, July and August only), Australia's longest running play moves indoors and is shown as a film of a live performance recorded in April 2014.
The film tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the last Great Escape from Sarah Island. In 1834, the last ship built at the convict settlement in Macquarie Harbour is ready to sail to Hobart. However ten convicts shipwrights steal the ship and sail to Chile.
Great family entertainment!
The film runs for one hour and 25 minutes.
At the Risby Cove Theatrette, Strahan, at 1730 every day (June to August).

Risby Cove Theatrette,
The Esplanade
Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 20.0K from Queenstown

Ship That Never Was - The

Australia's longest running play 'The Ship That Never Was' tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the last Great Escape from Sarah Island.
The play is based on a real event in 1834 when the last ship built at the convict settlement in Macquarie Harbour was about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur but was hijacked by ten convict shipwrights. So begins the story of an amazing escape, an extraordinary voyage and an intriguing twist in the tale of 'The Ship That Never Was'.
Delightful interactive family entertainment not to be missed.
'The Ship That Never Was' is a live professional theatre production, performing in Strahan since 1993, written by Richard Davey and produced by The Round Earth Company.
Advance bookings are necessary for all groups over ten people. The play duration is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

The Richard Davey Amphitheatre,
The Esplanade
Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 20.7K from Queenstown

West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre

Architects, writers, woodturners, gardeners and historians contributed their talents to the acclaimed exhibition West Coast Reflections at the West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre. The story of the people of West Coast starts 35,000 years ago with the Aborigines, and proceeds through convict times, mining and forestry. The exhibit includes rainforests, caves, oral history.
The centre also hosts Tasmania's longest running play The Ship That Never Was, based on a real event in 1834 when the last ship built at the convict settlement at Macquarie Harbour was about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur but was hijacked by 10 convict shipwrights.

The Esplanade
Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 20.7K from Queenstown

Wilderness Woodworks Strahan

Wilderness Woodworks Strahan is located in the Huon Pine precinct on Tasmania's west coast. This high quality business is highly regarded for its huon pine turnery with the professional craftsmen producing a range of fine crafts and furniture
Rarely do you see the passion and respect for rare timber shine through with hand finished pieces that are truly unique. This is a place where craftsmen come to work to have fun, imagination create, giving visitors a rare opportunity to watch them at work. The gallery showroom is a must see for any visitor.

12 Esplanade
Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 20.7K from Queenstown

Queenstown: Events

The Unconformity

The Unconformity (previously known as the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival) is a biennial three day festival that aims to be the most significant contemporary cultural programme in Tasmania. It aims to create arts and heritage experiences that are accessible, engaging, and fundamentally tied to a sense of place. The festival seeks to connect new people with our community and challenge existing perceptions of Queenstown, providing leadership to inspire people with the abilities and wealth of regional Tasmanian communities.
The biennial festival is a hand-crafted program of contemporary arts and cultural activities that are bold, fresh, surprising and fun - events that are fundamentally tied to a sense of place, a rare phenomenon which can't be seen anywhere else in Tasmania.

Event Dates
      14th Oct
      15th Oct
      16th Oct

Orr Street
Queenstown, TAS, 7467

Located 0.1K from Queenstown

Queenstown: Travel Tips

West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre

The West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre is located in the picturesque township of Strahan on Tasmania's wild West Coast.
From Strahan you can cruise the majestic Gordon River, take a scenic flight, kayak or walk to Hogarth Falls. In the evening view live theatre, "The Ship That Never Was", the story of Sarah Island. Enjoy a train journey on Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Queenstown is renowned for it's mining landscape. Take an underground or surface tour of a working mine. Tour Lake Margaret, visit the Galley Museum, the Historic Gravel Football Oval and Spion Kopf Lookout.
Zeehan's mining history can be viewed at the West Coast Heritage Museum. Take a tour of the Gaiety Theatre or walk through the Spray Tunnel, four kilometres from town.
Rosebery is home to Tasmania's highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Take a tour to the ancient Huon Pine at Mt Read.
Tullah is situated beneath Mt Farrell and surrounded by Lake Rosebery. Close by are the Murchison and Mackintosh Dams.
The West Coast of Tasmania has something to offer everyone. Call in and see the friendly staff for all your West Coast and state-wide travel information and bookings.

Strahan, TAS, 7468

Located 20.7K from Queenstown

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