Charters Towers Attractions
Mosman St (including the Zara Clark Museum and the Stock Exchange Building)
Charters Towers has a large number of elegant and historically important edifices most of which are situated on Mosman and Gill Streets. In this area and in the nearby streets there are over sixty buildings of historical significance.
One of the most attractive of these buildings in Mosman Street is the Zara Clark Museum - a National Trust-owned and running a center that was once the general merchant's shop. It has also a fascinating collection of the local memorabilia.
Further up the street is the City Hall that was erected in 1891 at the height of the city’s wealth.
One of Gill Street's most fascinating edifices is the Post Office (1892), with a giant clock tower that dominates over the city. This clock was attached to the building in 1898 after being imported from England. At 36 Gill Street one will find the former Bank of New South Wales (1880), which is a great example of the Classical Revival style of architecture that was all the rage at the time.
The Venus Gold Battery
If visiting the town, don’t miss a guided tour through the old Venus Gold Battery, which is located east on Gill Street-Millchester Road, on 5 kilometers from the Post Office. The Gold Battery itself is known as one of Australia's most significant industrial historical sites. It was one of the first steady batteries on the Charters Towers goldfields, founded in 1872 and becoming a state battery from 1919 until its closure in 1973. This is the largest lasting battery relic in the country and the oldest surviving battery in the state of Queensland. Although it has not been in operation since ‘73, each day guided tours provide a uncommon insight into the scale of activity on the goldfields in the early days.
Due to all this, since June ‘03 the Venus Gold Battery is included in the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail.
Swimming and Fishing
Just fifteen kilometers east of the Venus Gold Battery is the Flat Rock camping reserve with 2 km. of the frontage onto the Burdekin River. This place is a perfect fishing and swimming spot. Additionally, fishing can also be practiced at the Burdekin Dam, which is stocked annually with Barramundi.
10 Days in Charters Towers/The Country Music Festival
Starting in 2004, the Country Music Festival (during the May Day weekend) has been turned into ten Days in the city, which as suggesting is carried out over ten days filled with line dancing, bush poetry, workshops, street busking and more. It is not to be missed if you are in Charters Towers around that time.
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