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Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area

Local lore has it that an Aboriginal boy named Jupiter first discovered gold at the foot of Towers Hill in December 1871. Since the discovery of gold, the hill's three peaks have been subject to much use, predominantly as a mining site. The early telegraph route to Cardwell passed overhead, and the valley below was used for ordinance storage during World War II.

It is the site of the first gold discovery - look for the monument at the base of the Hill. Follow the road and uncover the stories of the Hill from the interesting and informative storyboards along the way. There's "Jupiter's Luck," "The Seismograph Station," and "Clark's Gold Mine." Discover 30 of the World War II bunkers. A track at the summit leads off to the ruins of the Pyrites Works and a walking track continues down the hill and back to the entry gate at the base.

Towers Hill comes to life in the evening with a film screened in the Amphitheatre, called Ghosts after Dark, which reveals the history of Charters Towers, where ghosts of their past have a starring role. Admission fees apply. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $10.00 1 October 2013 – 31 December 2014 Cost is for the ghosts after Dark Film that runs every evening from 7:00pm.
Child $6.00 1 October 2013 – 31 December 2014 Cost is for the ghosts after Dark Film that runs every evening from 7:00pm.
Concession $9.00 1 October 2013 – 31 December 2014 Cost is for the ghosts after Dark Film that runs every evening from 7:00pm.
Family $22.00 1 October – 31 December 2014 Cost is for the ghosts after Dark Film that runs every evening from 7:00pm.

Open Times

Note: Gates are open daily from 0600 to 2030.

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

Ramp leads onto viewing platform.

Children:

Children and school groups welcome.
Black Jack Road
off Mosman Street
Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Queensland
Australia

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Dalrymple National Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
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Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland, are features of this park in the Charters Towers area. Mount Keelbottom rises 130 metres above the surrounding plain and part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia and has links with the discovery of gold in the area in the mid-1800s. Parts of the township are privately owned. Please respect private property signs. In the dry season, bush camp along the sandy edges of the Burdekin River. Explore the undeveloped walking trails that follow the river and Fletcher Creek, and discover basalt flows and a peaceful riverside setting. Longer hikes to Mount Keelbottom should only be undertaken by well-equipped and experienced walkers. Watch waterbirds from the river's edge. Ride trail-bikes and mountain bikes on the internal roads through the park.

Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
A booming town during the gold rush of the 1880s, Charters Towers is located approximately 130 kilometres south-west of Townsville on the Flinders Highway/Overlanders Way. Today you can still see evidence of those early days with many museums, tours and country style shops to showcase the history of the goldfields. Take a walk down Gill and Mosman Streets in the centre of town for many great examples of colonial architecture of the late 1800s. Stop in at the World Theatre, originally the Australian Bank of Commerce and now housing a state-of-the-art cinema and 660 seat auditorium arts facility. Continue to The Miner's Cottage in Deane Street where you can try your hand at panning for gold. If you are here at the end of April, be sure to go to the 10 Days in the Towers Festival. Held during the last week of April and the first week of May each year, the festival celebrates country music, bush poetry and all sorts of outback fun. It culminates with the Charters Towers Country Music Festival on the final weekend. Or, for a truly unique outback experience, head to Leahton Park. Here you can meet JR, one of the ranch's Longhorns who holds the Guinness World Record for the beast with the longest horns, sample damper and billy tea direct from the campfire or step back in time with a covered wagon ride.
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