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Watch a film on the history of the Venus Gold Battery
Watch a film on the history of the Venus Gold Battery
Map of Venus Gold Battery
Millchester Road
Charters Towers
Queensland 4820 Australia

Venus Gold Battery
Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area

07 4761 5533


Located on the outskirts of town, the Venus Gold Battery offers an insight into an amazing real-life gold rush of the late 19th century. The battery is of national cultural significance as the largest surviving battery relic in Australia and the oldest surviving battery in Queensland.

Constructed in 1872, it was a public or custom mill in its heyday and became a State Battery in 1919 to provide ore crushing facilities for small miners long after other mills had closed. It ceased commercial operations in 1973 after a century of service. Guided tours are available daily at the battery. One of the highlights is a fascinating film presentation that shows not only the process of extracting gold from ore, but also the story of the battery's working life and some of its ghosts.

Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Guide
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet

Open Times

Four tours daily on the hour from 0900-1200.

Other Information

Children and school groups welcome.

An access path through the Venus Battery has been designed to cater for wheel chairs.

General Comments

Sensible footwear is recommended for this ex-industrial site.

How To Get There

From the information centre, following Gill Street straight for 4.5 kilometres, Venus Gold Battery is on the left. Pick up a Heritage Map from the visitor information centre for directions.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$15.00   01 Oct - 01 Oct    
(Aged 4-14)
$7.50   01 Oct - 01 Oct    
Concession$12.50   01 Oct - 01 Oct    
Family$32.00   01 Oct - 01 Oct    

* 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.