Queenstown is a small mining town (zinc, lead and copper) in the mountainous NW of Tasmania. The real tourist attraction is the hundred-year-old cog railway down through the mountains to the port of Strahan.
We travelled in beautifully restored wooden carriages drawn by a wonderful little 103-year-old steam engine which the driver and fireman polished and petted at each stop (for water) along the way. A truly memorable day trip!
We visit annually to feel the history of mining and the wealth that Tasmania was built on by tough, hard-working miners and their families who were totally isolated by road for many years.
Larger than life scenery, albeit massive denuded mineral mountains, may not be to everyone's environmental taste (including mine!), but this all happened before the impact of chemicals was fully understood. The centerpiece of the town, the Steven Walker Sculpture, mining machine and station are so dramatic. Walk, look, feel, appreciate, and drive/cycle the back street for a peep into a different world.
Nice place to do a fly through visit but keep going to Strahan or Zeehan.Only touristy thing here is Queenstown to Strahan Steam Locomotive scenic railway trip.
Sights, history of mining, great old pub with history. Visit the museum so many old photos. Can take a mining tour and train tour.
Cheaper to stay here than Strahan, hence the reason we stayed here. Not a huge distance to get to Strahan. The town jtself appears run down, with alot of businesses up for sale.