Queenstown’s gravel ground, Tasmania

One of the more unusual sporting grounds anywhere in the world.

Scoreboard pressure

Photos and text by Eric Algra

Appearances can be deceptive. This scoreboard is in a lush setting but the ground is made of gravel. Don’t be deceived. This scoreboard is in a lush setting but…

They must breed ‘em tough down in Tassie.

I’d certainly heard about it and finally, on a recent trip, got to see for myself the infamous Queenstown Oval.

Of course the infamy stems from the ground’s heritage-listed gravel playing surface. Apparently this was chosen over grass, which would only turn to mud due to the high rainfall. One can only imagine the dread players would feel at the prospect of playing here.

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Built over a hundred years ago, the oval is home to the Queenstown Crows, part of the Darwin Football Association and, in the past, hosted grand finals for the previous Western Tasmanian Football Association.

Despite its notoriety, the ground itself is set in an attractive location which, I’m sure, would have seen many a tough encounter.


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