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The Miners Cottage
The Miners Cottage
Gold Panning alluvial gold in Charters Towers
Map of Miners Cottage, The
26 Deane Street
Charters Towers
Queensland 4820 Australia

Miners Cottage, The
Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area

0414 967 369


The Miner's Cottage in Charters Towers is a restored workers' cottage built in the late 1800s. The building houses a fascinating collection of goldfields memorabilia which showcases the wonderful history of Charters Towers. It is much more than a museum full of relics! Experienced guides conduct tours through the rooms, explaining the various episodes of the city's development from the early discoveries of gold through to the present day mining activity under the streets.

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The cottage especially caters for groups and school excursions. During the months of April to October, many hundreds of school age children visit The Miner's Cottage to learn about the history and to 'pan for real alluvial gold'.

The owner, Mr Alan Silverwood, is an experienced prospector and is always willing to pass on some tips on where to find gold. The Miner's Cottage has become a 'must see' attraction in the town.

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Property Details


  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Guide
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Fossicking
  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open from 1000 until 1400 daily. Seasonal Open Times - March to October. Open on request all year round to interested groups or tours (by arrangement at short notice).
Public Holidays: Please phone the operator to request a tour.

Other Information

Children are welcome. Gold panning for real gold is available for children, and it's "finders keepers". Very popular activity for people of all ages.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Pets are allowed. Please contact operator for details.

How To Get There

The Miner's Cottage is centrally located within the 'one square mile' heritage precinct of Charters Towers. Just a short walk from the Visitor Information Centre and Post Office. Look for the signpost direction at the corner of Gill Street and Deane Street near the Subway short.

Listed in Google Maps - simply search from The Miner's Cottage Charters Towers.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$6.00   01 Nov - 31 Jan    
(Aged 4-12)
$4.00   01 May - 31 Jan    
(Aged 4-12)
$4.00   01 May - 31 Jan   Children three years and under are free of charge.
(Aged 4-12)
$5.00   01 May - 18 Jan   Gold Panning activity (with expert tuition). This is a "Lucky Dip" of river gravel which may contain real gold. Tuition is provided and if gold is found? participants can keep it. Great activity for children and adults who have never had a go at panning for gold.
Concession$5.00   01 May - 31 Jan   Seniors card holders.
Family$12.00   01 May - 31 Jan   Two adults, and two children (under 12 years).
Group$4.00   01 May - 31 Jan   For groups of ten and over.
Student$5.00   01 May - 31 Jan   On presentation of student card.

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.