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Charters Towers

Charters Towers
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Places to Visit
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By Car

Charters Towers situated west of Townsville has a unique and colourful history, and is often referred to as the historic golden city.

Located near the Burdekin River, Charters Towers has a rich mining .. pastoral and World War II heritage that can be enjoyed by visitors today through the unique 'Ghosts of Gold' experience .. Charters Towers maintains a range of Heritage listed buildings giving the town a lot of charm .. tour the Venus Battery and explore the Towers Hill World War II bunkers to savour the history of the city that was once referred to as 'The World'!

Key places to visit
The Visitor Information Centre, Zara Clark Museum, The Venus Gold Battery


Places to Visit

The Visitor Information Centre

The centre, at 74 Mosman St, is a good place to start an exploration of the city. It has interactive displays and audio-visual presentations relating to the town's past and offers information on guided daily tours of the town's attractions, in particular the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail.

Zara Clark Museum

One of the most interesting buildings in Mosman Street is the Zara Clark Museum, a National Trust-owned and run centre which was o nce a general merchant's shop. It has an interesting collection of local memorabilia.

The Venus Gold Battery

No visit to Charters Towers would be complete without a guided tour through the old Venus Gold Battery (drive east on Gill Street-Millchester Road five kilometres from the Post Office and follow the signs). The Gold Battery itself is acknowledged as one of Australia's most important historical-industrial sites. It was one of the first permanent batteries on the Charters Towers goldfields, being established in 1872, when it was a public mill, becoming a state battery from 1919 until its closure in 1973. It is the largest surviving battery relic in Australia and the oldest surviving battery in Queensland. Although it has not been operational since 1973, guided daily tours provide a rare insight into the scale of activity on the goldfields in the early days.




Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December