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.
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.