QUEENSTOWN - A rich mining history has left a visible legacy on the majestic rugged hills that surround this character-filled town.
The old open-cut mine, Iron Blow, on Gormanston Hill was the first local gold mine but it was copper, not gold in the ore that helped Queenstown become one of the richest mining towns in the world.
Take an above ground tour or go below the surface on 10km of underground roadway to the heart of the historic Mt Lyell mine and the lower levels of the main shaft. It remains one of only three available tours in a working mine in the world.
Find out more about Queenstown's fascinating history and current mining practices when exploring the town. Enjoy a stroll through the town centre taking time to enjoy the unique streetscape and the interspersed coffee shops, art studios, museums, the beautifully restored Art Deco Paragon Theatre and the historic post office.
The Spion Kopf hillock enables visitors to enjoy a birds-eye view of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains, including the heritage listed gravel-surface football oval.
Queenstown Visitor Information
C/- The Galley Museum
1 - 7 Driffield Street, Queenstown. Tas. 7467
Tel: (03) 6471 1483
Fax: (03) 6471 1483
Open: 9.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 12.30pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday (October - April). 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday (May - September).
Closed: Christmas Day
B&B’s, backpackers, caravan park, hotels and motels, self-contained cabins, cottages and apartments. Advance bookings are strongly recommended all year. If you have not pre-booked accommodation and plan to stay overnight in Queenstown between December and April you are advised to ring in advance and secure accommodation prior to driving to Queenstown.
Self-contained motor homes and caravans can stay overnight at Lake Burbury, Composting toilets and BBQ facilities are accessible 24 hours.
Queenstown Library & Online Access Centre, Driffield Street, Queenstown.
Tel: (03) 6471 1946.
Banks & ATMs
ANZ Bank agency and ATM, Railway Express General Store, Queenstown.
Bendigo Bank and ATM, Orr Street, Queenstown.
Commonwealth Bank agency, Australia Post, 32 - 34 Orr Street, Queenstown.