Visit and experience a working, large-scale modern underground mining operation. Travel 10 kilometres of underground roadway to the heart of the historic Mt Lyell Mine and the lower levels of the main shaft with an experienced guide.
Tours depart morning, afternoon and evening from the Old Evans Corner Store adjacent to the museum within sight of the train station and the Empire Hotel.
Minimum particupant age of 14 years applies and bookings essential.
The Lost Mines-Ancient Pines tour travels south of Queenstown to the 1881 discovered Lynchford mines. Visit the relics in the rainforest at the Harris Reward mines then drive up the slopes of Mt Jukes to the 1899 Jukes Proprietary mine. This tour is a mix of mining heritage, modern hydro power generation, leatherwood honey and the old North Mt Lyell railway formation that takes us to the World Heritage valued Bird River Rainforest. On the return drive to Queenstown be greeted by the wonderful people of Bradshaws Tasmanian Special Timbers sawmill at Lynchford.
Queenstown Heritage Tours explore the Mount Lyell Copper Mine at Queenstown, western Tasmania.
On the tour, you will see a large-scale modern mining operation at work. A real-time, real life experience. All necessary equipment provided.
Travel 10 kilometres (6 miles) of underground roadway down the main decline to access the heart of the Prince Lyell orebody and the lower main shaft levels.
The Mount Lyell Copper Mine began operation in 1896 and has continually operated for over 100 years.
In Queenstown, you can also board the West Coast Wilderness Railway—a restoration of the original Mount Lyell Mine railway that operated here in the late 19th century. Your journey follows the route once travelled by trains carrying copper from rich Queenstown mines to the port at Strahan. Travelling aboard original steam locomotives and coaches, you will cross high trestle bridges over gorges thick with rainforest and stop at restored original stations along the line.
Queenstown is four hours’ drive northwest of Hobart (256 kilometres/159 miles) and 30 minutes east of Strahan (41 kilometres/25 miles).