Queenstown Heritage Tours
The mountains and rainforest of western Tasmania are unique, there is nothing else like them in Australia, and to pass through the area without stopping and checking out this incredible place as many do, is to miss out on something very special that can’t be experienced anywhere else in the world. To go there by yourself can be quite daunting – the mountains are steep and rugged, the undergrowth is jungle-like and you need local knowledge to find the the best spots – and if you are on a tight schedule, it can all seem too hard and so you drive on, never knowing what you’ve missed. With this in mind, Queenstown Heritage Tours has created a couple of adventures that afford travellers the opportunity to go off the beaten track and explore a bit of this wild world-heritage listed region. All tours are inexpensive and the longest one takes just four hours, so not only will it not break the bank, it will be easy to slot into even the busiest of itineraries.
Lost mines – Ancient Pines Tour
An unforgettable 4 hour adventure, departing from the Old Evans Corner Store, Queenstown at 9am and 1pm, you will travel in air conditioned comfort deep into the heart of the World Heritage Listed mountains of Western Tasmania. You will see forgotten gold and copper mines, interact with a commercial huon pine swamill, descend eastern Mt Jukes onto the old North Mt Lyell railway formation, then enter the awesome Bird River World Heritage Rainforest for morning or afternoon tea. In addition there are three easy, optional walk for the more adventurous. On the way you will visit the century Harris Reward and Jukes Proprietary mines and mining relics in the rainforest. Remnants of the bush railway include a tramway inside a mine and outside of the portal and the Old North Mt Lyell trestle bridge made from huon pine. As with all Queenstown Heritage Tours, this is a small group tour with a maximum of 7 people, guaranteeing you’ll receive personal attention by your guide. This is a very popular tour – bookings are essential. Ph 0407 049 612.
Mt Lyell Mine Tour
Visit and experience a working, large scale modern underground mining operation. Travel 10km of underground roadway to the heart of the historic Mt Lyell mine and the lower levels of the main shaft with an experienced guide. The tour visits the site of early mining operations, the views across the mountains towards Queenstown and beyond are breathtaking. Tours depart morning and afternoon from the Old Evans Corner Store at Queenstown. Approximate duration 3 hours. Less that 3 adults $100 each. 4 or more $80 each. As with all Queenstown Heritage Tours, this is a small group tour, guaranteeing you’ll receive personal attention by your guide. Bookings are essential. Ph 0407 049 612.
Lake Margaret Historic Hydropower Tour (coming soon)
Get set to tour the wonderfully preserved Lake Margaret Hydro power facility originally built by the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway company 1911-1914. Remarkably, this scheme operates today in the same fashion as it did 100 years ago. And, utilises the actual machinery! Tour the Huon pine built houses of the village, enjoy a drink at the village hall, enter the magnificent power house with visible machines in operation and see the lower weir added to the scheme in the 1930′s.
Be our guest for a half day interpretive tour of this century old hydro-electric generating station built by the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Company from 1912, commissioned in 1914. It is now operated and maintained by Hydro Tas with original machinery working and village intact. Tours depart from the Old Evans Corner Store, Queenstown, at 9am and 2pm. Morning/afternoon tea provided. Booking essential. Ph 0407 049 612.
Queenstown Heritage Tours
Ph 0407 049 612
Bookings for all tours essential
Don’t miss this opportunity to go deep into World Heritage Listed rainforest of Tasmania’s West for the experience of a lifetime