West Coast Heritage Centre

Cradle Country & The West

Housed in the 1894 School of Mines & Metallurgy, this museum is the pride of the local community and the town's major tourism drawcard. There's plenty to see, including a huge mineral display, photographs and documents tracing the history of the west coast, an underground-mine simulation and steam locomotives and carriages from the early west-coast railways. The centre also incorporates the Gaiety Theatre, a blacksmith shop and wheelwright workshop and the town's historic Freemasons lodge and police station/courthouse.

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Nearby Cradle Country & The West attractions

1. Gaiety Theatre

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When the Gaiety opened in February 1898, a troupe of 60 performers was brought to town from Melbourne and played to 1000 spectators every night for a week…

2. Spray Tunnel

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This 100m-long glowworm-filled railway tunnel was constructed as part of silver-mining operations in 1904. You can now take a short walk through it along…

3. Eric Thomas Galley Museum

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This museum started life as the Imperial Hotel in 1897 and now houses an extensive and idiosyncratically captioned photographic collection documenting the…

4. Paragon Theatre

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This 1930s behemoth is the town's major landmark and in its heyday it was the epicentre of a thriving social scene. Lovingly restored to a semblance of…

5. LARQ Studio

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Well-known printmaker and painter Raymond Arnold and his artist partner Helena Demczuk are two of a small community of visual artists living and working…

6. Spion Kop Lookout

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The panoramic views of town from this lookout, which was named by soldiers after a battle in the Boer War, are excellent. Try to arrive at sunset, when…

7. Q Bank Gallery

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Run by a group of friends who fell in love with the town and its handsome but faded bank building, this gallery is home to the Queenstown Artists in…

8. Pioneer Cemetery

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Queenstown's story is told in this intriguing cemetery with more than 500 graves and some fascinating inscriptions on the crumbling headstones.