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Address: Millchester Road, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
Phone Number: 07-4761-5533

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Extraction of Gold

This was one of the sites suggested on the CD Audio. You get a guided tour with one of the volunteers first and then you have some time at the end for a wander. There are some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Townsville, Australia
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Townsville, Australia
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14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This was one of the sites suggested on the CD Audio. You get a guided tour with one of the volunteers first and then you have some time at the end for a wander. There are some videos used during the tour. The tour gives you a good idea of how gold was first extracted and the conditions for the... More 

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Gladstone, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Claude our guide was fabulous, we were astounded at his knowledge which he happily shared, really amazing place to visit and to get the story behind it all, we were there an hour and bit ndd would go gin. Go in winter aas it would be too hot in summer under the tin roof.

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

Hello Kathleen A, Thank you most sincerely for your warm feedback. Claude will be most chuffed to hear your comments. We think he does a fabulous job too! He also does the tour every day in the summer months so while it might be better for many of us in the cooler winter months, the summer gives another completely different... More 

Canberra, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was good. The guide informative you need some imagination to experience this fully. Thinking about the miners surviving the fields to be slowly poisoned by mercury and possibly lose their fingers to the machinery only to be ambushed with their gold as they went to town to spend it

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

Hi Krismac2014, Thank you for taking the time to tour the Venus Gold Battery. Did you know it's one of the largest and longest surviving Battery relics in Australia? The Battery has been maintained so that the authenticity of the structure reflects the real conditions that workers then endured. They certainly more-than earned the little remuneration they received under such... More 

Havelock North, New Zealand
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This museum is a cut above the average. Holograms explained the history, and our guide was very knowlegable. What a toxic place this would have been to work in, all in search of the yellow metal.

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

We appreciate your review and the five star rating! Everyone involved in preserving and presenting this historic Australian relic are very enthusiastic about delivering an authentic setting and story, with the little twist through the hologram presentations, on the working life during the gold rush era in Australia. We are very pleased you appear to have felt the story and... More 

Weipa, Australia
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you are in Charters Towers this is worth a visit. You can only access the Battery via a guided tour. The tour includes a few video / hologram presentations to bring the history to life and continue with the Charters Towers theme of ghosts around the the town. Our two boys aged 8 and 9 were sufficiently engaged by... More 

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

Hi Rattyos, We are very pleased you found your visit to the Battery worthwhile and that your younger ones were also kept engaged throughout the 1 hour tour. It is amazing what they take in! It's a difficult task for any of us to understand that people really did work under such difficult conditions in those days! We feel it... More 

brisbane
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57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

another very informative place to take a tour. It would be very interesting to see some of the machinary in action but you can just invisage what it was like in its hey day.

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

Hey kerbar! Thanks for the review. It certainly is a very interesting facility and tour. The machinery in full action would be awesome to see and hear these days. Not so awesome in the days that people had to spend long shifts working within those confines under such harsh conditions! We are very pleased you found the tour interesting. We... More 

Kirwan, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Brilliant! Have been before - but still enjoyed the second visit! Great work to the people who look after this historical site.

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

Thanks for your words and compliments Toni M. Great to hear you enjoyed your second visit just as much. Quite a lot to take in and it's really hard to imagine people actually worked so hard under such conditions! The facility is managed by a team of people who all have a passion for the preservation of such an important... More 

Hampshire
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31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We took the tour led by Claude who was very knowledgeable. A fascinating and not to be missed insight into an important period of Australian (and particularly Queensland) history. As well as the information provided by Claude I was impressed with the use of technology to produce two "shows" which really brought the story of the Venus Battery to life.... More 

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

Hi Skipper100, Thank you for visiting the Venus Gold Battery. It certainly is a precious relic that reflects an important part of Australia's history in many ways. Claude's amazing level of knowledge on the subject is only surpassed by his passion! We like to think that the technology in place is a great fusion of old and new and adds... More 

Townsville, Australia
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

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
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Address: Millchester Road, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
Phone Number: 07-4761-5533
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Charters Towers

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