6.1 out of 10

Queenstown

Ranked 7th best suburb in Mersey-Lyell
-42.0768476809774 145.558646499621
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
Jul 24, 2017

"I felt like I had stepped back in time 40 years"

I recently went to Queenstown to look at a property and stayed for a few days. (I'm from Sydney) - I found the locals were friendly, the Empire Hotel was the nicest place to be and eat at, great atmosphere, very cosy, drinks were put on a tab on first visit (very trusting). I felt very safe as police are aware of everyone in the area (stopped one of our group and said "I havent seen your face around here before" and had a friendly chat. Locals stop and have a chat (introduce themselves), loved the community the most - great to go back in time where neighbourhoods were a safe place to walk around in. Very happy, helpful people . Rained almost every day but had one beautiful sunny day where I walked around with a T-shirt which is pretty good for almost winter time.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
sus3
sus3 Hi there
Did you ended up buying the property? Heard they are only locals. Not for outsiders.
Sep 03, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Queenstown .....Best kept secret..."

We researched & read every review & tidbit of information we could find on Queenstown we could get our hands on.

Some good ...a lot bad...I am pleased to say Queenstown is nothing like it is portrayed....It has far exceeded our expectations

We are so glad we didn't do a drive thru in Queenstown, as we would have looked at the run down homes on the decent into town and kept on driving, missing the fantastic opportunity Queenstown has become. You need to spend some time here to really get a feel for the place.... to experience the welcoming locals, an easier pace of life, the lack of traffic & crowds & view the snow capped mountains & some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever find.

It is unfortunate that many of the homes are rundown, but it wont stay that way ...with housing afffordability so high in the bigger cities people are embracing regional areas and the chance to renovate & have a lovely home for so much less.

Of course just like every other town there are some gorgeous old homes and some not so gorgeous.....!

Yes there are jobs here...the schools are good...medical services are good...you can get most things you need from the local stores ...or go for leisurely drives through breathtaking scenery to Burnie, Launceston, Hobart ect for great weekends away...shopping, fine dining and sightseeing with any larger purchases able to be delivered to your door at a very reasonable price.

So far we have enjoyed our move here & look forward to seeing our family & friends who suddenly can't wait to visit....
Pros
  • affordable housing
  • pretty surrounding areas
  • Business Opportunities
  • Friendly Wildlife (possum)
  • Mountain Views
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Piece of Paradise"

Queenstown was the only town I could afford to buy a house without a mortgage, there are heaps of renovation rescue oppotunities here for us mainlanders and since purchasing my property I have found ways to get around being Isolated from Hardware, shopping etc. Plenty of stores will organise deliveries for you and Zeehan hardware will deliver for free every Friday. Work has never been a problem if your happy to give anything a go. I wish the council here would give the derelick houses away to people that would love to restore or rebuild cause I'd take a couple more. I've also come from a place where rain was presious and rain water tanks were a must, but here its in abundance. And the lush Manfern filled gardens get a free watering. Stunning location and Mountain views to die for. I feel very lucky to be here and very glad to be a home owner in Queenstown.
Pros
  • Friendly Wildlife (possum)
  • Mountain Views
  • Business Opportunities
  • affordable housing
  • pretty surrounding areas
Cons
  • Water quality
  • a little rain never hurt anyone
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
Sawjaw
Sawjaw We are soon to be home owners and renovators once again. We fell in love with queenstown years ago and now are fortunate to be moving there. look forward to meeting some new friends..
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Queenstown - the hole of Tasmania"

Queenstown as a town is pretty to look at with a variety of shops and mostly friendly shop staff along with a few original locals, but it seems that Queenstowns cheap housing has brought the worst of Australians to the town and along with it all their problems. If you need tradesman work done you will pay the earth for a shoddy job if you can get anyone in the first place, if you need to buy building materials forget it unless you travel to Burnie or Hobart. The local cafes are doing a good job keeping Queenie going but it can be a trying and oppressive place, kids are arrogant and trail bikes can hoon past at 3am, some new locals think it is their right to help themselves to your belongings be it firewood or anything not locked away or bolted down, there is very little different class of people it all seems to be the low and lost class, tried it hated it, dont recommend it. Having said that the surrounding areas and lakes are beautiful and the place is steeped with history, great for a fly through visit but thats all.
Pros
  • pretty surrounding areas
Cons
  • crime rate
  • dirt bikes and burn outs
  • isolation
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Picturesque and Friendly Locals"

I give this little town a good rating. The people of Queenstown are very friendly and the Empire Hotel are very accommodating and hospitable. I have been here for only weeks and its barely rained and as the local will tell you they do cloud seed and I find that strange considering that they already have high rain fall in the area. I love the look of the main street when you look up to see those mountains in the distance and I cant wait to see them when it snows (apparently it has been known to snow here from time to time).
The streets are safe for the children to walk around in and its the good old country exploring that keeps them entertained like riding bikes, fishing and just hanging about. The skate park it pretty good for those who dare and there are other activities available in the area for young and old although I will say communication in this department needs a little more attention. There needs to be a (physical) local notice board for things that are available to do in or around the area or activities taking place as I find it is hard to find out whats going on unless you know someone who is attending or word of mouth and sometimes that is too late..
All in all its safe friendly and a beautiful place to live.....Im going to try it :)
Pros
  • affordable housing
Cons
  • a little rain never hurt anyone
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"So much potential, great affordable housing."

This town has so much potential. Have stayed several times and have always found Queenstown to be friendly. The new hospital, private school and great public school really offer so much for the locals. There is never a shortage of places to eat either. And I love 'The Gravel'. You've got to see it to believe it!
Pros
  • affordable housing
Cons
  • a little rain never hurt anyone
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Ideal place to live"

This is a lovely place to live I have lived in area for last three years the people are nice and friendly
It is safe for the children and if you want to start in owning your own house why not choose Queenstown or Gormanston lovely peaceful and tranquil . Yes it rains but that is mainly because they cloud seed, It is the perfect place they are improving the town all the time Gormanston up in the hills is the most beautiful place the bird life is coming back you can see eagles rosella's I've seen owls.
In Linda which is about 5 minutes drive or less there is a cafe which sells the most beautiful meals, If you want to go for a walk you can walk through the most beautiful walk and then you get to the horsetail falls pond were else could you buy a house for under $150,000
Pros
  • affordable housing
Cons
  • a little rain never hurt anyone
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"I would'nt live here!"

An exteremely picturesque and quiet town with rough looking and noisy mining laborers dominating the pubs. It really has nothing going for it as its freezing by the night and raining during the day, everyday! Very isolated and part of Tassie, There's got to be somewhere else where you could be happier in this great country.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quaint Family Town"

Queenstown provides a very reasonable range of restaurants and cafes considering the size of the town, and the streets are almost never busy, making it a great spot for a young family. House prices are affordable and job availability is reasonably high in the mining industry. The town is in close proximity to Strahan. Excellent accommodation is available at the picturesque Penghana Lodge located in the foothills. New facilities include the hospital and school, and tourist highlights include the ABT Railway, Spion Kopf Lookout and Australia's only gravel-based AFL field.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Cheap to buy, improving all the time"

New hospital, good schools, quite wet, improving all the time - new shop being built, safe for the family.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place for families and investors"

Queenstown is a thriving mining town, it is a town that offers a wide range of services and amenities providing that is only 2500-3000 of population.
Jobs are available if you want to work, there are various avenues available for people to launch businesses and ways of making a reasonable income.
If you can survive the cold, this is a lovely place for you.
Many sporting facilities are available, with a boxing gym opening shortly, a basketball stadium with various other sporting facilities available.
Predominantly being Football.
Give Queenstown a shot, it's well worth the experience.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
2yrs+

"The epitomy of a sleepy West Coast town..."

Yes, it's cold, yes, there isn't much to do and it's hard to find a job, but Queenstown has a certain small town charm. In summer when I visited, there was a drizzle of rain and as you wind your way down the dangerous twisty road into the town, you could squint a little and imagine you're somewhere in a remote European mountain range.

The main draw car here is cheap properties. The town is of a significant size to start being self sufficient (i.e. will not disappear in a hurry) and over the years, houses are slowly being renovated and a new hospital confirms that it's a place of "some" growth. Jobs is the key..tourism seems to be the main draw card, perhaps a few more attractions would augment the railway.

I could live here...
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
mjo mjo
2/5
2yrs+

"A backwards town..."

Great place to live if you like limited employment opportunities and freezing weather... otherwise, try settling somewhere else.
R0bberD0g
R0bberD0g What type of shops are in Queenstown?
2yrs+
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3/5
2yrs+

"Revegetating Barren Hills"

The hills around the mining town of Queenstown have been often described as a lunar landscape, and this is still true. The originally timbered hills were denuded by mining companies which needed timber to fuel their plants. This, combined with devastating fires and high rainfall, washed much of the topsoil off the hills. Revegetation attempts are being met with some success, and returning visitors of 30 years ago will certainly notice the change. Housing in the town is typical of a mining town. Transient populating and uncertainty of employment at the Mt Lyell Mine means little is done to beautify the homes or gardens. There is an excellent mining museum in town, and this is also where one can board the ABT Western Wilderness Railway for a ride to Strahan. When accommodation is full in Strahan (for the Gordon River Cruises), Queenstown takes the overflow, or those wishing to have a cheaper option.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees