Queenstown is the gateway to the West Coast with a rich and rugged mining history, a unique 'moonscape' and loads of wild west appeal. It's also close to the edge of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area and surrounded by great fishing lakes. Queenstown, the largest town on Tasmania's West Coast, is surrounded by dramatic hills and mountains and was once the world's richest mining town. The copper mining and mass logging in the early 1900s created a surreal and rocky 'moonscape' of bare coloured conglomerate. Although Mother Nature is slowly creeping back into the landscape, the scenic drive into Queenstown down a spiralling road with over 90 bends is still nothing short of spectacular and a testament to the brutal reality of Tasmania's mining past.