Things to Do in Charters Towers, Queensland
Who would have thought that in 1872 when Jupiter Mosman’s packhorse bolted during a ferocious storm that attempts to retrieve it would lead to the discovery of large amounts of gold around Charters Towers.
Charters Towers, simply brimming with historic goldrush fever, is a city closely in tune with its past, and which works hard to preserve and promote its history and heritage.
From its streetscapes and buildings, archives and museums, a visitor has plenty to see and do to immerse themselves in the spirit of “The World”, the name by which the city came to be known at the peak of the goldrush.
Today the city focuses on agriculture and education, with regular cattle sales, shows, fairs and competitions, and being home to three well-established and renowned boarding schools.
The Towers should be more than a town to overnight in when touring the Flinders Highway; it is a worthy destination in itself, and with Kernow offering a more luxurious and homely place to stay, it is somewhere to take yourself off the road, kick back and relax.
What To See…
The volunteers at the Visitors Information Centre on Mosman Street right at the end of our main Gill Street are all too happy to ply you with stories and anecdotes about the city and provide maps, brochures and guides.
Views, Walks and Tours:
Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail: Use the map provided to stroll around the city to discover the story of the city and its legendary characters. At a leisurely pace this will take you around 60 to 90 minutes…
Towers Hill Lookout: Drive or stroll up to the hilltop for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape. Great at sundown!
Towers Hill Storyboards: From the bottom of the hill to the top, read about the history of the first gold discovery through to role the city played in World War II.
Towers Hill Pyrites Works: not signed or marked but still very much in evidence when strolling around Towers Hill, along with storage dumps and ammunition bunkers. Old disused mine shafts can be seen also.
Ghosts After Dark Film: This story of the city and its history is shown after dark at the top of Towers Hill.
Personal Guide: If you fancy your own guided tour (on foot or in your car) these can be arranged with one of the local tour guides, full to the brim with local knowledge.
Museums and Historical Features:
Venus Gold Battery: The battery is the largest surviving battery in Australia. Guided tours show the battery in action.
Miners Cottage: Step back to the start of the 20th century and see how you might have lived then.
Gold Panning: Try your luck!. Bookings essential: 0414 967 359.
Zara Clark Museum: Memorabilia from over 140 years of daily life in The Towers.
Charters Towers & Pioneer Cemeteries: not a normal tourist attraction but interesting to anyone who may have connections to the city. Records of gravesites may be perused at the Visitors Centre.
Cinemas: The Towers has two cinemas: one at The World Theatre in the centre of town, and the other at one of only 12 drive-in cinemas still operating in Australia.
Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours: 10km from the city. Take a ride amongst the Longhorn cattle, and enjoy home-made billy tea and smoko.