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Venus Battery

Millchester Road, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
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Type: Historic Sites
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Townsville, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We loved the tour and I recommend it to everyone who plans to visit Charters towers. A few things to note: You won't be able to get inside and see the place unless you pay and join the tour. If you miss the tour, you need to wait around the entrance until the next tour starts. It gets very hot... More

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Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hi Midoringo, We are so glad to hear that you loved the tour of Venus Gold Battery. Thank you for recommending it to others. Our tour guides Claude and Maureen certainly share a wealth of information on this special relic that played such an important part in the life and times of many workers and the gold mining industry. Your... More

Perth, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The Battery still has most of the machinary (except the boiler and steam engine) in place. The overhead drive belts were in later years driven by leather belts that are still in place. The Mercury treatment section of the plant is accessible but the newer cyanide plant is not. The guide was well informed and was able to answer questions.

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Forster, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

WE really enjoyed the our of this historic stamping batter. It was made even more enjoyable by our guide who was very knowledgeable on this history of the battery and how it featured in the history of the town. Holographic displays complemented the guides commentary.

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Moe, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

to be honest my husband dragged me along to this. it was thorougly enjoyable although a little bit long.

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Bowen, Queensland, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The gold history of Charters Towers is fully explained in very graphic detail. The information that you will learn about the process for gold extraction from ore is still very relevant today. Money well spent! Visiting the Venus Battery will give you so much more insight into a lot of the other(free) exhibits that are not staffed with informative volunteers... More

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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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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
49 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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243 reviews 243 reviews
51 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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