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Venus Battery

Millchester Road, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
07-4761-5533
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Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

If you love history, in particular mining history, then this place needs to be at the top of your "To Do" list. Charters Towers is home to the largest surviving battery relic in Australia. The Venus Gold Battery is also the oldest surviving battery relic in Queensland. The facilities are remarkably well preserved considering commercial operations had ceased in 1973... More

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Guildford
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The tour at Venus Battery is full of information but given in such a way that it doesn't overload you but leaves you in no doubt how bad the conditions were for the workers. I won't spoil it by saying anymore but this is a definite for your list of places to visit. I would have liked more than the... More

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Sydney
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We arrived about five minutes after to tour started - very little to do until the next tour commences. There are a few plaques on the walls to read but once these have been read, there was little else to do. There is cold water in the waiting area - a godsend on the 30 degree days. We didn't wait... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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214 reviews 214 reviews
46 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Visited the battery (as in battering/crushing ore) on excursion from SS Voyager. Good video presentation explaining history of the mill and tour by knowledgeable guide.

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Wamuran
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This little museum in Charters Towers gives a fascinating representation of what hardships the early gold miners had to endure, not to mention the unfortunate men who actually worked in the gold battery. It has been preserved in original condition and the guide is very knowledgeable about how it actually operated, plus there are other displays which give a very... More

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Gladstone
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Learnt lots. The tour guide is passionate about this place and it showed. We even learnt what cyanide is made from.

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Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

Interesting insight into Charters Towers' past. A tour of one of the older mills that operated in the region was very informative, with both a guided tour and a few interesting visual displays. Well worth a look if you have the time

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We had a great afternoon going through this place, it's filled with so much history from days gone by.Our Tour guide was very knowledgeably and made us feel so comfortable, we where the only two and that made it more personal.It was a great afternoon,Keep up the good work guys.

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Coolangatta, Australia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Fabulous attraction if you are into the whole Gold History story, but allow at least 2 hours. Children would need to be supervised and may tire.

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Busselton WA
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Great to see how a gold battery worked back in the early days. this has been very well done and the man doing the tour was veery knowledgable. would highly reccomend

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