Queenstown

Travel Guide
Queenstown featuring a small town or village and a gorge or canyon

Encounter Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness, ride a steam train through the rainforest and explore early 19th-century mining history deep underground.

Discover the Wild West atmosphere of Queenstown, a former mining boomtown. Tour historic mines and the Lake Margaret hydropower station built between 1912 and 1914. Explore the nearby Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and return for a drink at the town’s grand turn-of-the-century Empire Hotel.

The drive into Queenstown is unforgettable, a scenic route with 99 bends zigzagging around barren hills, previously logged for timber. See the mining and logging industries’ legacy in the rocky moonscapes. Queenstown’s heritage streetscapes include rustic miners’ cottages and a historic bank, post office and bakery.

Visit the Galley Museum, housed in a 1897 hotel, to learn about the area’s history through photographs, gemstones and memorabilia. The Empire Hotel has a staircase of Tasmanian blackwood. Enjoy dinner in its grand dining room and a drink by an open fire.

Steam locomotives on the West Coast Wilderness Railway depart from near the Empire Hotel. These historic trains provide an unforgettable journey up steep rainforested slopes and over the King River Gorge to Strahan.

Brave the depths on a subterranean mine tour that travels 6 kilometres (4 miles) underground. Descend through a copper mine to see the heritage Mt. Lyell Mine, worked from 1896. Tour the original hydroelectricity station built to power the mine, including the unusual water pipeline made from wood. Walk around the small village built here to house the workers.

Just outside Queenstown is the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a reserve of remnant forest, pristine habitats and wildlife. Hike snowy alpine trails, flowering heaths or rugged ridgelines. Go fishing or kayaking on one of the many lakes or traverse cave systems. Wallabies, tiny marsupial rats, quolls and rare parrots are among the diverse wildlife you may encounter.

View sunsets over the mountains before resting by the fire at a local restaurant or bar. Queenstown is a 3.5-hour drive from Hobart or Launceston.

Mountain View Motel Queenstown
Mountain View Motel Queenstown
2 out of 5
1 Penghana Road, Queenstown, TAS
The price is AU$71 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Situated in Queenstown, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 9 miles (15 km) of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National ...
3.6/5Good! (104 reviews)
"Close to town, great price very convenient and has everything you need"

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Mountain View Motel Queenstown
The Empire Hotel
The Empire Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2 Orr Street, Queenstown, TAS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$77 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Situated in Queenstown, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 9 miles (15 km) of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National ...
3.8/5Good! (222 reviews)
"It has a great review on Paranormal Investigations!!! Completely charming"

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

The Empire Hotel
Gold Rush Inn
Gold Rush Inn
3 out of 5
65 Batchelor Street, Queenstown, TAS
The price is AU$128 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 9 miles (15 km) of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National ...
4.4/5Excellent! (292 reviews)
"Well appointed kitchen area."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Gold Rush Inn
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Strahan Bungalows
Strahan Bungalows
4 out of 5
Cnr Andrew & Harvey Streets, Strahan, TAS
The price is AU$170 per night from 17 Sep. to 17 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Strahan Golf Club and Strahan Harbour. Botanical Garden Reserve and Hogarth Falls ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (219 reviews)
"Looked new and modern - overall experience better than expected."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Strahan Bungalows
West Coast Holiday Home
West Coast Holiday Home
20 Jenico St, Queenstown, TAS
The price is AU$288 per night from 18 Sep. to 18 Sep.
This family-friendly Queenstown holiday home is located in the mountains, 0.6 mi (1 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cradle ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Girlie getaway
"We enjoyed the location in Queenstown of this property, plenty of walks in the area, short distance to the train station and town. The log fire was great and wood etc was easy to access."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

West Coast Holiday Home
Comstock Cottage- Self Contained Accommodation. 4 STAR Award Winner ****
Comstock Cottage- Self Contained Accommodation. 4 STAR Award Winner ****
45 McNamara St, Queenstown, TAS
This family-friendly Queenstown cottage is located on the riverfront, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cradle Mountain-Lake ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Comfortable stay
"We had a great experience at Comstock Cottage. It was comfortable and met all of our expectations. We love Queenstown and we felt that the cottage was perfectly situated as it was easy walking distance into town. Comstock Cottage has old world charm that compliments the historical town of ..."

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

Comstock Cottage- Self Contained Accommodation. 4 STAR Award Winner ****
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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