Queenstown, west coast of Tasmania, Australia

Queenstown, west coast of Tasmania, Australia
Queenstown, west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Queenstown Tasmania and Mt Owen - an old mining town that's fallen on hard times despite the wealth under the ground. Autumn 2013.

Copyright © Fred Vanderbom

For a time I owned a couple of properties in Queenstown. One backed on to the town oval - the only AFL footy ground that I know of that has a gravel surface! Must have been hard on the knees of the players.

The surrounding hills are completely bald. All the vegetation was killed off years go because of toxic mining and smelting operations, and then of course the topsoil was washed away, making it difficult for vegetation to re-establish itself. But you can see it beginning, in gullies and cracks in the rocks. The vegetation will eventually return, re-establishing itself and providing an environment for the local fauna to also return.