Queenstown is a small town in Tasmania, Australia. This quiet vacation retreat offers an escape from the faster pace of modern life. Queenstown vacation rentals provide a homey spot to enjoy it all from.
Things to do in Queenstown
The attractions in Queenstown, Australia, are quaint and charming, leaning toward natural wonders and historic highlights. Nelson Falls is on the Lyell Highway between Queenstown and the Derwent Bridge. The falls are accessible after a short walk along the boardwalk. You'll pass seven species of ancient ferns, accompanied by interpretive panels to help you make the most of your experience. The cool, wet conditions in this part of the Nelson Valley are ideal for preserving the rainforest climate that once dominated this part of the world. If you want a more in-depth look at the local area, book a Queenstown Heritage Tour. Explore the Mt Jukes Proprietary Mine, tour the Lake Margaret hydropower scheme, or head into the Mt Lyell underground to see how mine workers used to spend their days. If you prefer something wetter, book a rafting trip on the King River. For a more leisurely day, try the Eric Thomas Galley Museum. Here, you can explore the area's history through memorabilia, photographs, clothing, and household items.
Getting around Queenstown
The best way to get around Queenstown and the surrounding areas is with Tassielink. This transit service offers buses throughout Tasmania. Bus lines provide convenient transportation from your Queenstown vacation rental to nearby bushwalks, historic villages, and small towns. The Queenstown to Burnie route includes stops at Zeehan, Rosebery, Tullah, Waratah, Hampshire, Highclere, and Ridgley. This route runs on Tuesdays and Fridays, excluding public holidays.
Australia's winter season, from June to August, sees average highs in the low 50s in Queenstown. This is the wettest season of the year, with an average of nearly 11 inches of rainfall in July. Spring lasts from September to November, with average highs in the 50s and 60s and moderate rainfall. The Queenstown summer, from December to February, sees highs in the 60s and low 70s and minimal rainfall. This is the driest part of the year and the best time for outdoor activities. Autumn is similar to spring, with moderate temperatures and rainfall.
Dining in Queenstown
Queenstown offers a handful of quaint dining destinations where you can enjoy hearty homemade food in welcoming environments. One of the most iconic dining locations in Queenstown is The Empire Hotel. Lunch specials include filling picks such as burgers, fish and chips, or grilled sandwiches. Dinner features local favorites such as shepherd's pie or lambs fry and bacon. For innovative dishes, head to Linda Valley Café, and order a specialty like the lemon pepper squid or slow-roasted pork belly. Café Serenade is best known for its curried scallop pies and toasted sourdough sandwiches. Maloney's Restaurant is in a motel but offers a surprisingly satisfying menu. Don't miss the sticky date pudding if you have a sweet tooth.