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
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.