Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Queenstown – West coast marked by mining
Queenstown on the west coast of Tasmania bears the indelible mark of a mining town.
Its hills have been raped and denuded and provide a lasting scar on the landscape.
Though the mining methods have changed and the damage to the local environment and the Queen and King Rivers has been reduced, the area is still dedicated to the mining industry.
For the tourist the highlight of a visit to Queenstown is the station for the West Coast Wilderness (Abt) Tourist Railway and the start of an unforgettable railway experience.
Pic: Hill around Queenstown and its railway station