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

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An excellent interactive museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
TykeHBNewZealand
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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 20 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 44 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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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Forster, Australia
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Address: Address: Millchester Road, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
Phone Number: 07-4761-5533
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Charters Towers

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