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Venus Gold Battery

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area

Located on the outskirts of town, the Venus Gold Battery offers an insight into an amazing real-life gold rush of the late 19th century. The battery is of national cultural significance as the largest surviving battery relic in Australia and the oldest surviving battery in Queensland.

Constructed in 1872, it was a public or custom mill in its heyday and became a State Battery in 1919 to provide ore crushing facilities for small miners long after other mills had closed. It ceased commercial operations in 1973 after a century of service. Guided tours are available daily at the battery. One of the highlights is a fascinating film presentation that shows not only the process of extracting gold from ore, but also the story of the battery's working life and some of its ghosts.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $15.00 1 October 2013 – 1 October 2014
Child $7.50 1 October 2013 – 1 October 2014
Concession $12.50 1 October 2013 – 1 October 2014
Family $32.00 1 October 2013 – 1 October 2014

Open Times

Four tours daily on the hour from 0900-1200.

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

An access path through the Venus Battery has been designed to cater for wheel chairs.

Children:

Children and school groups welcome.
Millchester Road
Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Queensland
Australia

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Dalrymple National Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
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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