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

Terrific site to visit and see how gold was extracted. Brilliant use of imagery. In the warmer months just take a bottle of water and hat as the tour is about an hour and it can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Leo J
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific site to visit and see how gold was extracted. Brilliant use of imagery. In the warmer months just take a bottle of water and hat as the tour is about an hour and it can get a little warm. Malcolm is a terrific, knowledgable host.

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Thank Leo J
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hi Leo J, We are so glad to hear that you loved the tour of Venus Gold Battery. Thank you for recommending it to others. Our tour guide Malcolm certainly shares a wealth of information on this special relic. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the experience and our Tour Guide's presentation. Yours sincerely, Management and staff, Venus Gold Battery... More 

Mackay, Australia
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47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing place, and if you are in Charters Towers, it's a must see. Our guide expertly navigated us around this historic area. From the outbuildings, to the inner workings of this old mill, there was fascination to be found in every corner. I loved the retelling of the old stories behind the establishment of this place. The... More 

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Thank RoseD33
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Thank-you RoseD33 Thank-you for your kind words Malcolm will appreciate the feedback as he is very enthusiastic about the aural history. I hope these stories provide you with inspiration for your writing as the Characters and History of the region are colossal. Great to meet you. Come back and see us next time you are in the region. Management and... More 

Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Malcolm took us through. Now retired from the mining industry, he has made it his passion over the last 6 years or so to build up a wealth of knowledge on the local gold mining history and particularly operation of the battery. Our group had a number of families with kids and also couples and Malcolm was a fountain of... More 

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Thank TravellerPete82
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hello TravellerPete82, Thank you most sincerely for your fantastic feedback. Malcolm will be delighted to hear your comments. We think he does a fabulous job too! We are very pleased you enjoyed the experience and appreciate you taking the time to post your thoughts. We hope to see you back again soon! Yours sincerely, Management and staff, Venus Gold Battery... More 

North Herts
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

A visit to Charters Towers is a visit to a past era. The Architecture takes you back to the late 1800's and early 20th century when gold was discovered and extracted. The Venus battery is one of the places where rock was crushed and the gold extracted. I'm interested in industrial archaeology but was a bit undecided whether or not... More 

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Thank WhiteCloud_1912
Tricia H, Visitor Information Centre Team at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments WhiteCloud_1912. We are pleased you took the time to tour the Venus Gold Battery and thank you for your rating of this very special and significant piece of Australian history.The team of people who work to maintain the battery will all appreciate you taking the time to post your review. Thank you for your visit.... More 

Tully
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This place is amazing. The guides know their stuff. You will not be disappointed. I believe this place should be number one of everyone's list of what to see at The Towers.

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Thank Catherine S
Tricia H, Visitor Information Centre Team at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hello Catherine S, Thank you for your recommendation of the Venus Gold Battery. It certainly is an eye-opener to the past and very significant historical sight of the areas gold history. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the experience and our Tour Guide's presentation. Thank you for your recommendation to others. Best regards, Management and staff More 

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I went to the Venus Battery feeling pretty close minded about what to expect - dirt, old unworking machines, probably bats... How wrong was I! The entire tour was unreal. The quality of the tour is thanked by the time and resources that have been poured in to it. I took my inlaws along for the ride and they loved... More 

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Thank 1303JJM
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hi, We are so glad to hear that you loved your tour of Venus Gold Battery. Thank you for recommending it to others. Our tour guide Malcolm certainly shares a wealth of information on this special relic of the gold mining industry. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Charters Towers and that we see you back here again soon! Best... More 

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78 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We are currently travelling through Queensland for the 3rd time although this is the first trip through Charters Towers. There is a lot of hype surrounding this small town but The Venus Gold Battery was the best of the attractions listed. The tour lasted about an hour and the 2 guides were well informed and were able to paint a... More 

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Thank Sandra L
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hello Sandra L, Thank you most sincerely for your warm feedback. Claude and Maureen will be most chuffed to hear your comments. We think that they do a fabulous job too! We are very pleased you enjoyed the experience and appreciate you taking the time to post your thoughts. We hope to see you back again soon. Yours sincerely, Management... More 

Cairns, Australia
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Had a tour all by myself!!! The guides were very informative and went out of their way to answer all my curious (silly??) questions.

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Thank juttasrl
Tricia H, Visitor Information Centre Coordinator at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hi, 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. Hope you... More 

Cairns, Australia
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25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

After early planning discussions with the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre, inclusion of the Venus Battery in the itinerary for my tour for a group of Cairns locals last week, was a must do. As we entered the battery/mill building the hard conditions that the men had to work in and struggle with to keep a job, was immediately evident.... More 

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1 Thank Kathy B
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Hello Kathy, Thank you for your overview and recommendation of the Venus Gold Battery. It certainly is an eye-opener to the past and very significant historical infrastructure reflecting an important time in Australia's history. Tours through the summer months are limited to the mornings but you are correct, summer months really tell another story of the workers' conditions back then!... More 

Townsville, Australia
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17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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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Thank Chris491952
Tricia H, Manager at Venus Battery, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Chris491952. We are pleased you took the time to tour the Battery and thank you for your rating. There are a team of people who work hard to preserve this very special and significant piece of Australian history that gives a first hand view of the processes used and the difficult working conditions endured through... More 

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