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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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Moe, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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
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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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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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49 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
47 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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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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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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