This is no Disneyland, but it is worth visiting. It is a replica of a gold mining town at the end of the nineteenth century. There are around 30 buildings displaying artifacts from days gone by. A highlight was a stream train ride through native bush. The track is only a couple of kilometres long but the experience was fun. On the way back we got out at the old saw mill and then walked to the gold claim where we tried our hand at panning. We got to keep the ‘colour’ we found in the bottom of the pan.
Some of the old buildings are used for modern purposes. There is a licensed restaurant which serves lunches and morning/afternoon teas/coffees, a souvenir shop selling postcards, stamps, films etc., the Golden Nugget bar, and an icecream and sweets shop.
If time is precious, one hour will enable you to experience much of what this is all about.
Cost: Entry and train ride adult NZ$11, child NZ$7; including gold panning NZ$13.50
Telephone/fax: (03) 762 6634
Open: From 8.30am daily except Christmas Day
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
July 2, 2001
From journal West Coast Magic