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Address: Millchester Road, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4761 5533
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Fascinating and incredibly educational experience

Visited this site as a single on a weekday. I was warmly welcomed upon arrival by the tour guide, Malcolm who took myself and one other visitor on an extensive tour of the site... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 10, 2016
klewi
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Visited this site as a single on a weekday. I was warmly welcomed upon arrival by the tour guide, Malcolm who took myself and one other visitor on an extensive tour of the site which took approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. Malcolm is incredibly knowledgeable and his passion for mining and the history of the battery operation... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

A very interesting and informative tour. The largest surviving gold battery relic in Australia. A good insight into the gold rush times within Charters Towers. It's hard to image the work that actually went into extracting the gold and the hard work put in to the workers that worked there. A highly recommended tour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is a unique tour, because there would be few places in Australia where a battery is as complete as this one is. It would be amazing to see the battery running, if they do manage to achieve that at some stage. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and explained the process in a way that non-mechanically minded people could understand.... More 

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Legian, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

This place is quite amazing, we loved exploring it and discovering just how much work and complex it is to extract gold from the ore is.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

the tour guide was very knowledgable of the history and functions of the many parts of the battery. it has to be seen to understand the hard work the labourers had to do with pick and shovel.

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Rockhampton
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

I for one never realized so much of this went on, when you see the size of this battery and then visualize many more , some much larger it is truly amazing. The guide was very informative and a great insight in the operation of the battery was forthcoming. I would say this is definitely the highlight of a trip... More 

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Thank Mike G
Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour into the old Battery. Our guide was very peasant and oh so knowledgable. You could completely understand how this would have worked many years ago. It would have been nice to see something working but can completely understand the logistics of this which makes it totally impractical. A very good time spent around there.

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Thank Rosemary73
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Thankyou Malcolm. Very interesting. Would loved to have seen battery working. Easy access. Essy to find.

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Thank Bundybear2
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Sinces there was a schoolclass, a family of 4 persons was not welcome to visit. We won't drive again some 200 km's. Ashame.

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Graeme took us on a very informative tour of the old quartz battery and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, although it was a bit drizzly, most of the works in still under its original roof. None of the machinery is functional but it is easy to imagine what it would have been like when it was operating. Great history about... More 

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