|The Empire Hotel, in the mining town of Queenstown,
is a Tasmanian icon with history dating back to the wealth of the
mining era at the turn of the century. It is the grand old lady of
the West Coast and has a prominent facade in the towns streetscape.
Inside there is a National Trust staircase made from Tasmanian Blackwood.
The raw timber was shipped to England, carved and sent back to Queenstown
where it has enjoyed a rich history and is admired by all. The restaurant
is set in a large traditional dining room with a sense of the grandeur
of the past. In cold conditions the open fire is lit for added warmth
and ambience. Accommodation is modest but clean and comfortable. Opposite
is the meticulously restored West Coast Wilderness Railway that attracts visitors
worldwide and runs to Strahan through rainforest vegetation. Queenstown
is also noted for its 'Moonscape" a result of many years of mining
in the area. There is a public golf course with a couple of 'special'
rules for poor weather conditions! The area is popular for walking,
local fishing and four wheel drive tracks. Queenstown is a unique destination
and The Empire Hotel not to be missed.