Charters Towers Journals

Charters Towers Eating and Sleeping

A January 2011 trip to Charters Towers by LenR

Royal Private Hotel Photo, Charters Towers, Australia More Photos
Quote: Charters Towers is an old gold mining town that today thrives on cattle, mining and tourism. It gives visitors a unique look at life as it was 120 years ago but provides modern and interesting accommodation and eating opportunities.
Royal Private Hotel Photo, Charters Towers, Australia
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We were attracted here because the hotel has just won the Unique Accommodation category at the North Queensland Tourism Awards. We had no knowledge of what to expect, however, so our stay was a constant discovery. Fortunately, it was all positive.The Royal Private Hotel was built in 1888 and it belongs to a bygone era. When it opened, the local Northern Miner newspaper said, "It is one of the largest and best appointed hotels in the North, and will in a very short time, become one of the most popular houses in town for travellers and visitors." Now over 120 years old, the hotel has been lovingly restored and some modern amenities added so that it combines the best of the heritage and moder...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Royal Private Hotel
100 Mosman Street
Charters Towers, Australia
07-4787 8688

Irish Molly's Bar and Grill at Court House Hotel

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Restaurant | "Molly’s Irish Bar and Grill"

Irish Molly's Bar and Grill at Court House Hotel Photo, Charters Towers, Australia
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Old hotels have a fascination for many people and the Courthouse Hotel would be up there with the best when it comes to history and heritage. This is the last of the all-timber two storey hotels continuously licensed to serve liquor in Charters Towers. Amazingly, the hotel’s present position in the centre of Gill Street was not where it was originally built. As the name suggests originally it was in Hodgkinson Street opposite the Court House. The owner quickly discovered that in a rough and tumble town, opposite the court house was not a great place for a hotel so he put it on rollers and moved it down the hill to Gill Street.We had lunch here and were reminded of its past when the owner s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Irish Molly's Bar and Grill at Court House Hotel
120 Gill Street
Charters Towers, Australia
07-4787 1187

Stock Exchange Cafe

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Stock Exchange Cafe Photo, Charters Towers, Australia
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The location of this little gem is outstanding. It is in the prime position within the old Stock Exchange Arcade. This elegant building was built in 1888 as the Royal Arcade but it became home to the Charters Towers stock exchange in 1890. In its heyday the cards were called three times a day, six days a week on the arcade floor. The stock exchange operated here for thirty years but now the arcade has reverted to its original purpose as a group of shops.Jeremy and Diane operate the cafe six days a week from 8.30am so we found it a convenient place for breakfast. Breakfast is not as big a deal as it should be in our household so it was easy to find something satisfying. My wife had a Bacon ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Stock Exchange Cafe
1/76 Mosman Street
Charters Towers, Australia 4820
(07) 4787 7954

Cattleman's Rest Motor Inn and Steakhouse Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cattleman’s Rest Steakhouse"

Cattleman's Rest Motor Inn and Steakhouse Restaurant Photo, Charters Towers, Australia
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The Cattleman's Rest Steakhouse Restaurant within the Cattleman’s Rest Motor Inn opens 6 days a week for guests and the public. It is a gourmet oasis within Charters Towers providing good quality steaks and other dishes. Attention to quality and service has made the restaurant a respected venue for locals, visitors and guests.We were late for dinner so skipped a drink at the bar and went straight to our table. The waiter offered drinks and we had two beers and one lemon, lime and bitters. The restaurant was full so we were fortunate to have reservations. Despite clearly being busy, the staff were still happy to offer menu suggestions and provided good service. We started with a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Cattleman's Rest Motor Inn and Steakhouse Restaurant
Bridge and Plant Street
Charters Towers, Queensland 4820
(07) 4787 3555

Cookhouse Carvery & Salad Bar

Hotel | "Cookhouse Carvery & Salad Bar."

Cookhouse Carvery & Salad Bar Photo, Charters Towers, Australia
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Cath and Pete Bagley run this cute little cafe in the main street of town. They open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week so there is no excuse for missing a meal here during your stay in Charters Towers.I guess the name says it all and the carvery is the heart of the operation. There is a choice of pork, chicken, lamb or beef. The Carvery menu says you are welcome to "pull up a stump, have a yarn and dine with us for a good Aussie roast dinner" Translated, this means pull up a chair and have a chat. Cath and Pete are up for a chat at any time. Roast meats with vegetables or salad and condiments cost $9.95. You won’t need anything else for hours.But it is not only the carvery you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Cookhouse Carvery & Salad Bar
59 Gill Street
Charters Towers, QLD