Venus Gold Battery

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The Venus Battery is a remarkable survivor of the period of Charters Towers history as a gold mining and processing area.

The Battery was opened in July 1872, the same year that gold was discovered in Charters Towers. It was built by Mr Edmond Harris Thornburgh (EHT) Plant and his associate Mr Thomas Jackson. It was the first custom mill to be operated on behalf of the public in Charters Towers.
By 1919, most of the mines had closed in the area and the Mines Department purchased the mill. This was to ensure that there would be at least one operating mill in the area for gold producing mines in North Queensland.

Extensive restoration work has been carried out and now the mill operates as a tourist attraction. The trusteeship of the battery was transferred to the Charters Towers City Council in January 2003, as part of the development of the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail.

Suitable for all ages. A great experience for groups, visitors and those who love history…

Tour Information

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Prices

Adult: $16.50
Adult Concession – Seniors / Students: $14.00*
Children / Teens (5 – 17): $9.00
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children / Teens): $35.00

Groups of 10+: Contact Ghost Tours Tour Coordinator for a quote either via email or phone on 0401 666 441.

Bookings essential

*Concession applies to seniors, pensioners, and university students. Customers must produce proof on tour.

Dates / Times

During June each year:
Monday – 10:0am (If there are bookings by 4pm the day before)
Wednesday – 10:00am
Friday – 10:00am (If there are bookings by 4pm the day before)
Saturday – 10:00am (If there are bookings by 4pm the day before)

From July to September each year:
Sunday – 10:00am
Monday – 10:00am, 11:45am and 2:30pm
Tuesday – 10:00am
Wednesday – 10:00am, 11:45am and 2:30pm
Thursday – 10:00am
Friday – 10:00am, 11:45am and 2:30pm
Saturday – 10:00am and 11:45am
(Tours run in all weather)

From October to May each year:
Wednesday – 10:00am
Friday – 10:00am (If there are bookings by 4pm the day before)
Saturday – 10:00am (If there are bookings by 4pm the day before)

bookings essential

Duration

75 Minutes

Meeting Place

Meet in the office building, Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery, Jardine Street, Charters Towers

For a map of the meeting location, click here.

Bookings

Book at the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers. Qld. 4820
07 4761 5533
Open 7 Days, 9am to 5pm

Tour Includes

Your historical experience includes:

  • Guided Venus Gold Battery History Tour with Local Guide through the Venus Gold Battery.
  • Hear previously untold stories.
  • Time to ask a knowledgeable Local questions about the Battery.

Disabled Access

No – Click for details.

Group / Private Bookings

Group / Private Bookings are available, minimum of 15 people required.
Contact Ghost Tours Tour Coordinator for a quote either via email or phone on 0401 666 441.

Map – Meeting Place

Book at the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers. Qld. 4820
07 4761 5533
Open 7 Days, 9am to 5pm