Queenstown is a destination town, i.e. the mining sector of Tasmania is on the west coast of the state. The area feels remote and also has an isolation and desolate landscape to match. That said Queenstown has lots of appeal.

In the ‘good old days’ because of mining Queenstown was a moonscape. No longer.

Queenstown's history has long been tied to the mining industry. This mountainous area was first explored in 1862. It was long after that when alluvial gold was discovered at Mount Lyell, prompting the formation of the Mount Lyell Gold Mining Company in 1881. In 1892, the mine began searching for copper.

The naming of the town was linked to Queen Victoria.

The town was the base of the Queenstown council up until amalgamation with other west coast councils in the 1990s. The town in its heyday had a collection of hotels, churches and schools that have all significantly reduced since the demise of the Mount Lyell company.

There was a brief boom in prosperity in the 1980s, with the building of several nearby dams by the Hydro.

Queenstown is now experiencing a revival, reflected in the popularity of its inaugural arts and heritage festival in 2010. The town is now home to a small but thriving arts community, and has inspired writers, painters, photographers and historians by both its unique beauty and history. Tourism is also experiencing a new growth curve.

The newly restored Abt Railway (now a quite sensational museum) along with renewed mining and exploration activity in the region has also contributed to the town's rejuvenation in recent years.

There are still a number of the old hotels trading. The Empire Hotel is especially grand. This hotel is now a museum.

The Anglican Church is the oldest of the congregational set. The others a mix of old and new.

The Queenstown War Memorial is located town central.

When visiting Queenstown be sure to allow plenty of time to enjoy what is on offer, especially the footy ground

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course