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.
Children and school groups welcome.
An access path through the Venus Battery has been designed to cater for wheel chairs.
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.
|Adult||$12.00||01 Aug - 31 Mar|
|$6.00||01 Aug - 31 Mar|
|Concession||$11.00||01 Aug - 31 Mar||for groups of 10 - 19 people.|
|Family||$27.00||01 Aug - 31 Mar|
|Group||$8.80||01 Aug - 31 Mar||For groups of 20 or more people.|
|Student||$11.00||01 Aug - 31 Mar|
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