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Charters Towers is a hinterland town in Central Queensland, that has a unique and colourful history, and is often referred to as the historic golden city.


Charters Towers is southwest of Townsville, near the Burdekin River. Charters Towers has a rich mining, pastoral and World War II heritage that can be enjoyed by visitors today through the unique 'Ghosts of Gold' experience. Charters Towers maintains a range of heritage listed buildings giving the town a lot of charm. You can tour the Venus Battery and explore the Towers Hill World War II bunkers to savour the history of the city that was once referred to as 'The World'!

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Map of Charters Towers

By road, Charters Towers is a 90-minute drive from Townsville, a 5½-hour drive from Cairns and a 15-hour drive from Brisbane all via the Bruce and the Flinders Highways. There are also direct flights from Townsville to Charters Towers.

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  • 1 Zara Clark Museum, 36 Mosman St, +61 7 4787 3672, . Daily 10AM-2PM. Delve into the time when Charters Towers was the second biggest city in Queensland during its first gold rush. Historical artefacts, photographs and memorabilia are all on display. Adult $8, concession $5, children (age 4-17) $2.
  • 2 Centenary Park, Cnr of Hackett Terrace and Dalrymple Road, +61 7 4761 5533. Within the park there is a "Gold Discovery Monument", which features a number of sculptures by Queensland artist Hugh Anderson. There is also a children's playground and "Liberty Swing".
  • Butler's Cottage, Ravenswood, +61 7 4761 5533, . This well-preserved cottage gives you a glimpse into how the inhabitants of Charters Towers lived during the late 19th century.
  • WWII Bunkers, Towers Hill, +61 7 4761 5533. Altogether there are 29 concrete bunkers built during the Second World War peppered around Towers Hill. The bunkers were used to hide and store explosives and ammunition, with none of them facing each other so that an accident in one of them wouldn't set off a chain reaction. Two of the bunkers now have an interaction video and audio feature, so you can learn more about this period of Charters Towers' history.
  • Courthouse Museum ((a hour's drive from Charters Towers)), +61 7 4770 2047, . Daily 11AM-1PM. The Ravenswood Court House was established in 1884 and fell out of use in 1961. In 1987, the building was converted into a museum containing items donated by the locals as well as historical records of the courthouse.


  • Young's Block Fossicking Area, +61 7 4761 5533. Fossick for gold and strike it rich. This area had a significant level of gold mining and production in its heyday. The easiest ways to discover fine alluvial gold are by panning or dry blowing (when there is not much water during the dry period). Note that you must have a fossicking licence.
  • World Theatre, 82 - 90 Mosman St, +61 7 4761 5430, . W-F 10AM-2PM, 6PM-late; Sa Su 1-6PM. Watch movies, live artistic performances and shows. Go and see the art and sculpture gallery inside too.



  • Catch & Cook Seafood & Burger Bar, 162 Gill St, +61 7 4787 2990. Fish 'n' chips, many types of burgers, fried snacks, cold drinks and desserts.
  • Gold City Chinese Restaurant, 118 Gill St, +61 7 4787 2414. Buffet-style Chinese. The flavours are catered to Western tastes and are a bit bland if you are looking an authentic experience.


  • Civic Club (Londoners' Club), 36 Ryan St, +61 7 4787 1096, . Heritage-listed clubhouse. Have a drink and then play a game of billiards on a table that's over 100 years old.


  • Towers Heritage Lodge Motel, 79-97 Flinders Highway, +61 7 4787 4088, toll-free: 1800 880 444. Has 25 rooms ranging from motel rooms to self contained apartments. Large garden area with kids playground, BBQ, and pool.
  • Cattleman's Rest Motor Inn and Steakhouse, 1 Bridge St (Cnr Bridge & Plant St), +61 7 47873555, . 38 ground floor air-conditioned rooms comprising of single suites, double/twin Suites, 2-bedroom family rooms, executive suites. Onsite a licensed steakhouse restaurant and cocktail bar, pool with spa, conference facilities, undercover parking and tour bookings can be arranged.


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