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Queenstown Heritage Tours

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Address: Queenstown, Tasmania 7467, Australia
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+61 407 049 612
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Queenstown Tasmania Heritage Tours offer unique fascinating tours of this...

Queenstown Tasmania Heritage Tours offer unique fascinating tours of this historic region which played an integral part in the development of this nation. World Heritage Wilderness sites with ancient Huon and King Billy pines. Mining heritage sites including King River Gold and Hydro power sites both modern (John Butters) and the still working 1912-1914 Lake Margaret scheme and abandoned village.

All activities start with THE PARAGON. A guided tour this classic Art Deco cinema can be undertaken separately.

LOST MINES, ANCIENT PINES TOUR

Board a 4WD bus and head southwest, out of town to the old gold mining precinct of Lynchford. Be guided through the ancient forests to discover old mining relics amongst the world famous Huon and King Billy Pine trees. Admire the pure tannin hued water in the beautiful creeks flowing through this stunning landscape. Marvel at the ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi throughout the forest. This is a photographer's paradise.

Take a spooky walk into the abandoned Mt Jukes Proprietary Mine. A horizontal tunnel mined into the side of Mt Jukes in the 1890's by the original pioneer miners. Find your own piece of copper ore on the ground as you walk through the mine. You may even be lucky enough to spot some silver or gold and look out for the surprise at the end of the tunnel.

Further along your journey you will come to the site of the world famous Franklin River Dam blockades of the early 1980's. The catalyst for the Franklin/Gordon River area becoming World Heritage listed.

Journey deep into the forest to the beautiful Bird River where you will rest awhile and savour the magnificent scent of this pure natural forest. Keep an eye out for the local inhabitants. You may see wallabies, pademelons, spotted quolls, and birds and if you are very lucky you may see a Tasmanian Devil.

As you head back to Queenstown, you will stop in at the Tasmanian Special Timbers sawmill and meet 4th and 5th generation piners working hard to mill the stunning timbers that will become magnificent pieces of furniture or crafted items. Purchase a piece to take home. These men are real characters and a tourist attraction in themselves. Arrive back in Queenstown invigorated from the fresh clean air and your encounter with the forests and mines that helped shape a nation. Tour duration 3hrs.

HISTORIC LAKE MARGARET HYDRO TOUR.

Explore the century old Hydro Power town of Lake Margaret. See the original machinery still working to produce clean electricity to power the Mt Lyell Mine as it did when first built by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company in 1914.

Board the 8 seater bus for a private tour of this historic village. As the only licensed tour operators for this village we are proud to be able to guide small groups on this exclusive tour. Tasmania's West Coast was one of the most remote places on earth when prospectors first discovered the rich mineral deposits in the area. With no coal to generate electricity and the forest being rapidly depleted to fuel the furnaces of the mine it was imperative that another power source be found. It was decided to harness the power of running water which was the most plentiful resource with an average of 3m of rain per year.

Hear the stories of how this was achieved and the thriving village of families that lived in this remote but beautiful spot. Watch the machinery work as it did 100 years ago and marvel at its immaculate condition. Admire the wooden pipeline that carries millions of litres of water to power the turbines that produce the electricity. Tour duration approximately 2.5 hours.

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Sooo knowledgeable!

Anthony was our guide for a night tour which we were able to book just a few hours before it started. There were just 3 of us, and Anthony showed us around the amazing Paragon... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Hobart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Anthony was our guide for a night tour which we were able to book just a few hours before it started. There were just 3 of us, and Anthony showed us around the amazing Paragon Cinema which seems to have a great future as well as a past. As a local person, his knowledge of and love for the town... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had some free time during our stay in Queenstown and decided to do the Lost Mines and Ancient Pines half day morning tour. Wow - what an amazing experience! Anthony was a terrific guide and he was very passionate and knowledgeable about the local area and its history. We would thoroughly recommend any of his tours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We paid for the fully catered half day tour. Wonderful friendly service, and a fun filled environment. Only issue is on a busy day the 4 hour round trip became 5 and a half hours, so some flexibility is appropriate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I was traveling with my friend through the West Coast and we had a spare day that we didn't know what to do with when we stumbled across this tour agency. We booked the Lost Mines Ancient Pines tour and were captivated with what we learnt and experienced. Anthony was an excellent guide and very enthusiastic which made you enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We did the Lost Mines Ancient Pines tour and it was fantastic! Owner and guide Anthony has just moved into the old cinema and is working on restoring it, so you get a little extra guided tour of that which is really neat. Pop into his 4x4 for a trip to some of the best rainforest we've ever seen, with... More 

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Anthony C, Manager at Queenstown Heritage Tours, responded to this review

You guys are forever etched into my memory. We had a blast and you were the greatest guests we could have wished for to debut the new leg of the Lost Mines-Ancient Pines tour....King River Gold....Thank you all for taking time for some fun adventure with us. Take care and cheerio. More 

Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Terrific tour taking in Paragon theatre, Lake Margaret village and power station led by excellent guides Wally and Joy- not to be missed- excellent value for money

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Anthony C, Owner at Queenstown Heritage Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review and we are so happy you enjoyed the tour. I will pass your kind comments onto Wilbur and Joy...They will be stoked. Thanks again....Anthony More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We did the copper mine, timber mill and the rainforest walk Anthony has a really good understanding of the area having spent most of his life here He's passionate about protecting the unique environment that Queenstown has to offer We were provided with an informative and enjoyable trip We highly recommend Anthony Bookings are made in the old picture theatre... More 

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Anthony C, Owner at Queenstown Heritage Tours, responded to this review

Glad to hear...Thank you for the positive review of our Lost Mines-Ancient Pines tour. W are happy you enjoyed the experience. More 

Ipswich, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Anthony was one of the best tour guides you can have -born, raised and did his trade in the area, then went to do other stuff and came back to make his mark and help the community while doing it. His knowledge and easy going attitude made it really special. He knows stuff that others would not and he is... More 

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Anthony C, Owner at Queenstown Heritage Tours, responded to this review

Ah thank you. Glad you enjoyed yourselves and thanks for the accolade. Its easy when you love it. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Thank you to Janine for a great tour of the Lake Margaret Hydro Plant. If going on one of these tours we would also suggest opting in for the morning tea. Delicious. These tours are really a must do in Queenstown.

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Anthony C, Owner at Queenstown Heritage Tours, responded to this review

The power of water tour at the Lake Margaret station is interesting and is fun to do with our local guide Janine. She has life experience at the Lake Margaret village and we are so glad you enjoyed your time there with her to show and tell you all about it. Thank you very much. Your great review will be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Excellent value tour for the time and experiences. Our tour guide Craig was friendly and well informed. The extra tour through the old Paragon Theatre was an unexpected bonus. Great addition to the West Coast tourism market.

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