Queenstown Travel Guide

Visit Queenstown, a historic mining town that serves as a gateway to the wilderness of Tasmania. Located in a remote area of Tasmania, Queenstown is a beautiful destination that will allow to retrace the steps of 19th century miners. With its unique pubs and well-known landmarks, Queenstown provides numerous opportunities to make for a memorable adventure.

Things to see and do in Queenstown

Start your quest through time by traveling along the West Coast Wilderness Railway. This incredible railway spans several hundred kilometres, and it once connected miners with important locations on the Tasmania’s frontier. Today, the most popular portion of the railway stretches from Queenstown to Strahan.

West Coast Wilderness Railway – Queenstown, Tasmania

Red carriages in the train station of the West Coast Wilderness Railway.


As its name suggests, the West Coast Wilderness Railway cuts through vast rain forests. From the train, gaze into the dark forest to catch a glimpse of lush green plants and wildlife. If you prefer to experience nature on your own terms, pack your backpack with the appropriate provisions before you set out to explore the forests on foot.

Head back to Queenstown to prepare for a river adventure. The King River runs parallel to the West Coast Wilderness Railway, and you can enjoy many kilometres of rapids by kayak during a single day. If you prefer to stay on dry land, sit on the side of the river to observe therapids at a safe distance.

For a relaxing day of fun and amazing views, go to Lake Burbury. With its glass-like water that serves as a reflecting pool for nearby mountains, Lake Burbury is one of the most beautiful attractions near Queenstown. During the evenings, enjoy a splendid sunset as the mountains are painted with vibrant hues of red and orange.

Lake Burbury – Queenstown, Tasmania

Lake Burbury in southwestern Tasmania. Lake Burbury is a man-made lake created by the Crotty Dam made by Hydro Tasmania inundating the upper King River valley that lies east of the West Coast Range. It’s waters feed the John Butters Hydroelectric Power Station.

If you find that your hunger for beautiful views hasn’t been sated, go to Ironbow Lookout at the top of Gormie Hill. This location offers an amazing panoramic view of Queenstown and the surrounding wilderness.