In 1883, gold was discovered at a site known as the Iron Blow. These days, visitors to the cantilevered lookout are offered fantastic views over the former open cut mine and the iconic landscape of Linda Valley in west coast Tasmania.
The Iron Blow Viewing Platform
Carol Haberle wrote extensively about the mining history of Queenstown for Think Tasmania readers. Visitors to the Iron Blow viewing platform have the opportunity to read detailed and fascinating information about the west coast’s gold strike. That initial discovery was followed by the detection of vast deposits of copper, which proved far more profitable for the region’s mining companies.
For even more comprehensive coverage of the region’s mining endeavours, join Anthony Coulson of Queenstown Heritage Tours.
If you’re just looking for spectacular views over the open cut mine and the practically deserted mining towns of Gormanston and Linda, the Iron Blow Lookout is for you. Signs at the top of Gormanston Hill mark the entrance to the car park from Lyell Highway, the direct route between Hobart and Queenstown.
Views over Queenstown’s Iconic Landscape
We arrived at the Iron Blow Lookout a little late in the day, when shadows were creeping over the main attraction. Our Tasmanian friends-in-photography have managed to capture some stunning images of the open cut mine and the colours of the surrounding rocks. Hopefully you can grasp the idea from our quick mobile-phone shots though!
We were latish to reach the outskirts Queenstown because there’s so many things to do en route from Hobart. We’ve detailed some of our adventures already, but we’d suggest making time for this particular feature. Definitely allow time to read the stories of the west coast mining pioneers at the site.
Watching a sunrise over Lake Burbury from the Iron Blow Lookout would be an interesting concept, and one we might even tackle the next time we venture to Queenstown. Although… we might be a tad reluctant to leave our comfy bed at Mt Lyell Anchorage!
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