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Revision as of 14:19, 17 February 2007

Queenstown is a former mining town near Tasmania's west coast. It's most notable for its almost lunar landscape. This is because the minerals being mined (mostly zinc and copper) were extremely toxic, and the tailing heaps left behind were extremely inhospitable to plant life. Also, the trees in the area were all logged for use in the mining process.

There is not a lot to see in the town, but tourists visit to see the landscape, and because it is en route to popular Strahan. The barren terrain is gradually being recolonized by plants, and vegetation is returning to the hills.

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Get in

By car

Take the A10 highway from Hobart. This is a 250 km drive and takes about 4 hours.

By train

The West Coast Wilderness Railway [1] operates as a tourist attraction between Queenstown and Strahan, a distance of 34 km. The ordinary railway connection between Queenstown and the rest of Tasmania closed in 1960.

By air

Strahan Airport - Although helicopter and fixed wing flights operate from here for charter flights into the south-west wilderness area, or over locations in western Tasmania, there are currently no regular passenger flights to Strahan from other airports in Tasmania.

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  • Gold Rush Motor Inn [2] - 65 Batchelor Street. Tel: +61-3-6471-1005. Motel units with licensed restaurant and bar.

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Strahan

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