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Located on the Queen River, Queenstown is a former mining town that has been reborn as a tourist township in the middle of the Tasmanian wilderness.

2008 in Queenstown Tasmania
Photographs by JarrahTree...commons.wikimedia.org [CC BY 2.5 au], via Wikimedia Commons

Central to the town is the Galley Museum which contains records and relics from the past mining communities of western Tasmania.  The museum is housed in the former Imperial Hotel building which was constructed in 1897.

Empire Hotel-Queenstown, Tasmania built by Miguel Parer 1901
By Benparer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Empire Hotel in Queenstown was built in 1901 and had seen many a miner at its bar. The hotel is still in operation and contains a heritage listed Tasmanian hard wood staircase.

Queen River
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The Queen River is shrugging off its use during the mining years. The river meets the King River and eventually flows into Macquairie Harbour.

Queenstown Galley Museum and town
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The town of some 3,500 people started out as a settlement built around the discovery of gold in the area in 1881. The gold quickly ran out and the town turned to copper mining which was carried on for over a 100 years and still continues in a far more limited fashion and effect on the town’s environment.

Positioned within the Tasmanian wilderness the town is now a popular tourist destination and staging point for trips to the national parks and attractions that surround it.

Landscape near Queenstown, Tasmania
By Jimmy Harris [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The surrounding countryside in many areas still bears the effects of the copper mining that was the primary industry of the town.

Queenstown WCWR in 2006 south of station
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The steam train from the tourist West Coast Wilderness Railway arriving in the town.