Top stops: Charters Towers
Gold mining pride
Ghosts of gold Heritage Trail
Charters Towers ghosts of gold come to life in four venues throughout town:
- The Visitor Information Centre Orientation Film and virtual tour touch screen.
- The Stock Exchange Arcade for the "Calling of the Card" and the Assay Mining Museum.
- Venus Gold Battery, the oldest stamp battery in Queensland – a "Must See"
- Towers Hill, by day and by night - Ghosts after Dark film.
Audio CD – hire or purchase
Your own self guided tour around the town. Simply place in the CD player in your vehicle, refer to the map and the commentary will explain everything to you that you need to know about Charters Towers. Take as long as you like to explore.
The Miner's Cottage
The Miner's Cottage is a mini museum that offers an experience set back in time. The cottage is refurbished and decorated to show how the house would have looked at the start of the 20th century. Panning for gold takes place here also.
Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours
Horseshoe B Longhorns, just 10 km from Charters Towers, has the largest herd of purebred Texas Longhorns in Australia. Learn some of the history of these iconic "wild west" cattle while listening to the clip of the hooves, the clink of the harness and the rhythm of the canvas covered wagon. Enjoy your Billy Tea and Smoko while the "gentle giant" draft horses are being harnessed and hitched to the wagon. something very few people get to experience in this modern age.
Historic Ambulance Centre
This centre dates back to 1903 and was restored and reopened to the public 100 years after the first opening. The centre was the first ambulance station outside Brisbane and houses a wonderful collection of vehicles, uniforms and an enormous number of log books recording the cases treated by ambulance officers during the past 100 years. The centre is open on Sundays and at other times by appointment.
Explore this cultural complex where the unique blend of heritage architecture and state of the art technology meet. Check with their friendly staff for details of the live shows, movie times, morning melodies and local and touring exhibitions of art, sculpture, photography and more.
Hear about the history and intrigue that surrounds this unique building. Learn about the "Mosman Street Tragedy" and its ghostly legacy.
Charters Towers Folk Museum
This National Trust owned and operated museum, houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers’ golden past. Their friendly volunteers and staff are only too willing to share their special stories and demonstrate some of the equipment that is housed in the historic Burns Philp building, built in 1888. Ask for a demonstration of the flying fox - the Lampson Aerial Cash System from the old Pollards building. This is always a favourite.
Take time out and watch a couple of flicks at our local Drive-In Cinema – one of only six (6) still operating in Queensland and the longest operating drive in theatre in regional Australia. There are only 12 left in Australia. The Drive-In usually operates on weekends and school holidays.
The Civic Club
Drop into the Civic Club, originally known as the Londoner's Club (a gentlemen's club) and enjoy a drink with a local, soak up the atmosphere of this amazing historic building and have a round of billiards on one of the two 100-year-old tables. Don't forget to make your booking for their famous Friday night barbecue.
Experience the thrill of rural living when livestock goes under the hammer. Cattle Sales are held every Wednesday at the Dalrymple Sales Yards.
The Pioneer Cemetery contains graves of those buried from 1872 - 1895 and gives insight into the hardships our pioneers faced during the goldfield days.
Charters Towers Cemetery
This newer cemetery, established in 1895, is the resting place for a number of interesting local characters including Jupiter Mosman who was one of the party that discovered gold at Charters Towers, Doctor Leonard Redmond who recognised dengue fever, Fredrick Pfeiffer owner of the rich Day Dawn PC Mine and James Kenniff who was the last bushranger in Queensland.
Centenary of Federation Heritage Sculpture Trail
Discover some of our city's characters, such as Zelia Alexander, Annie Baggs and Francis Powel, through sculpture and follow the trail made possible by some very talented local artists. There are currently 16 available for public viewing.
Step back in time and explore the unique aspects of the heritage listed gold mining town of Ravenswood just an hour’s drive south east from Charters Towers. Turn off the Flinders Highway between Charters Towers and Townsville.
Gold was discovered in 1868 and the town of Ravenswood was born with many public buildings being erected. Today only a few remain as magnificent examples of the prosperity of this town’s wealthy beginnings. A new lease of life for the town came about in 1995 when the population of 100 locals was boosted by the arrival of some 300 miners to once again reap the rewards gold mining has to offer.
Visit the open cut gold mine lookout, White Blow Environmental Park and the beautifully restored heritage buildings. A BBQ lunch can be arranged at one of the original hotels or choose from the menu in their beautiful old dining rooms.
The Burdekin Falls Dam on Lake Dalrymple is located 80 km further down the road.
- Balfes Creek – meet Tony the Tin Man
- Homestead – local history murals
- Pentland – Burra Range Lookout
- Bluewater Springs – stop for a cup of coffee in the shady gardens.
- Greenvale – visit Three Rivers Hotel, made famous by Slim Dusty in a song of the same name.
- Hidden Valley – log cabins and platypus. Eco tourism at its award winning best.
- Herveys Range Community – Take a coffee break with a difference at the oldest known building in North Queensland. This historic split log inn was the stopping place for bullock teams and Cobb & Co Coaches