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Address: Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: 13 13 74 68
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A great place of history

Whilst it is now abandoned it is still impressive. It would be great if there was perhaps a bit of care and/or restoration to it to improve on the experience but overall it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Brisbane
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Whilst it is now abandoned it is still impressive. It would be great if there was perhaps a bit of care and/or restoration to it to improve on the experience but overall it was great. The history of the smelter is interesting and worth the read and it's fantastic to be able to get a better understanding and more information... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Australian early history, harsh environment and conditions over the early years, intriguing landscapes,

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Houston, Texas
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Located a short drive outside the center of Chillagoe, the ruins of the smelter, steeped in history, and its slag heap, cracked chimneys, and rusting machinery offer an evocative glimpse into the past, annotated by informative placards in the viewing area. Choice snapshots await as these hulking industrial remains waste away in the red earth of the Queensland outback. (Go... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We arrived to Chilligoe early for the caves, so after some advice from the friendly owner of the general store we went to have a look at the Smelter. In its hey day at the start of the 20th century this place employed over 1000 men, now it is just ruins and the stacks. Read the history of the place,... More 

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Nürnberg
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107 reviews 107 reviews
46 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

amazing to see how litte remains of the once thriving and bustling town. sic transit gloria mundi. Impressive ´, too,, is the amount of slag which can still be seen.

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Bergen, Norway
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62 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

After finishing the cave tour, we drove up to see the Smelters before we leave Chillagoe. Its a deserted place now, but the ruins and the posters provide plenty of information of what it was like during the boom time. The Smelters area is fenced off, and no entry is allowed due to Asbestos contamination. But the sheer size of... More 

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Maleny, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The smelters are fascinating and provide a great insight into the history of Chillagoe's mining past.

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Brisbane
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

All the information is there to read. Cannot get down to smelter due to asbestos. Amazing tall chimneys still standing after all this time

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Cairns, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The perimeter fence has been erected to prevent visitors from touching the historical ruins and presumably from imbibing toxic dust (metal and/or chemical compounds) covering the Ruins. So unless you have a camera with a telephoto lens it is difficult to obtain close photographs of objects scattered amongst the ruins. The signage in the purpose built open air shelter is... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Well set up with the information boards, the area is fenced off and you have to view from the distance. A lovely place to watch the sunset.

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