Queenstown, a town rich in mining history, is the largest town on the west coast of Tasmania. Set in the Queen River Valley under Mount Owen, Queenstown has a population of around 2300. Mining first started in Queenstown with the formation of the Mt Lyell Gold Mining Company in 1881. Throughout the ensuing years mining at Queenstown has been largely based around copper, the mineral for which today Queenstown is famed for. Nowadays, Queenstown is much more than a mining town, with tourism attracting visitors from around the world. Queenstown is the home of the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Company and also the West Coast Wilderness Railway. The town is also a gateway to the West Coast Wilderness with several wilderness walks in the area as well as great fishing in several surrounding lakes, including the beautiful Lake Burbury.