Written by LenR on 15 Feb, 2011
We had heard about the self-drive audio tour of the town and were keen to do it. We found that we could rent or purchase a CD and map and discover the hidden treasures of Charters Towers at our own pace. This proved to be…Read More
We had heard about the self-drive audio tour of the town and were keen to do it. We found that we could rent or purchase a CD and map and discover the hidden treasures of Charters Towers at our own pace. This proved to be an excellent way of navigating the town and we certainly learned new things and saw places we would never have known about without the CD.We decided to rent, so we paid our $5.00 and left a $10 deposit and in return were given a CD and a map. We put the CD in the car player and were told where to go. So that you can travel at your own pace it is necessary to stop the CD on many occasions but this worked well and we started a new track each time we reached one of the 20 or so attractions.The tour first takes you to the top of Towers Hill where there are many interesting storyboards where you can learn about the past while taking in the panorama or spotting the cheeky rock wallabies which play amongst the rocks. Towers Hill comes alive in the evening with a film screened in the amphitheatre called Ghosts after Dark. This is currently free and it plays at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm.From here the tour takes you all over town. You see grand old buildings like Pfeiffer House from 1882 which is now owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Thornburgh House from 1890 which is now part of Thornburgh College. Elsewhere you see and learn about the School of Mines (1899), the hospital (1876), the old Mount Alma hospital (1887) and the Masonic Centre (1887).But it’s not just old buildings you see. You visit Columbia Poppet Head built over the Columbia Block Mine Shaft, Pioneer Cemetery which operated from 1872 until 1895, and Charters Towers Cemetery which was established in 1895. Three places where you should leave you car are also included. One is Lissner Park, the city’s main park. We suggest you walk to the lovely cast iron Boer War Memorial Kiosk with its tin plate roof and to the monument to the aboriginal boy Jupiter who first discovered gold.The second is Venus Battery on the outskirts of the city which is the largest surviving battery relic in Australia. It was built in 1872 and worked for just over 100 years. Guided tours are available here. Towards the end of the audio tour you see the Civic Club and you should drop in for a drink with a local and soak up the historic atmosphere. It opened as the Londoner’s Club for gentlemen in 1900 and many mine owners were members. Anyone is now welcome and the building largely remains as it was built.We took about two and a half hours to do the tour. If you didn’t stop anywhere it could be done in about an hour but that would be a pity. We thought this was something really worth doing and would recommend it to anyone. Close
Written by LenR on 27 Aug, 2001
Address: 74 Mosman StreetCity: Charters Towers, AustraliaTelephone: (07) 4752 0314; fax: (07) 4752 0315This is the central point for information and bookings for the Charters Towers/Dalrymple region. The centre is manned by permanent staff and part-time volunteers and it provides a wealth of information on…Read More
Address: 74 Mosman StreetCity: Charters Towers, AustraliaTelephone: (07) 4752 0314; fax: (07) 4752 0315
This is the central point for information and bookings for the Charters Towers/Dalrymple region. The centre is manned by permanent staff and part-time volunteers and it provides a wealth of information on the whole area. You can contact them on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are four publications that everyone visiting Charters Towers must obtain. All are free and all are available at the information centre. Your visit will be incomplete without What to see in Charters Towers; Where to visit in the Dalrymple Shire;, Welcome to Charters Towers – The World; and the full colour Charters Towers Tourist Guide.
We added to this information by talking with the information centre staff. We were impressed by their enthusiasm and knowledge. Being local helps but they also appeared to have been through a knowledge training course, and were full of enthusiasm for the local region. While waiting for a tour we listened to the questions being asked by other visitors and were amazed by the diversity. Nothing seemed to stump the volunteers.
The centre also has an excellent local handicraft shop. There are examples of work by an array of local artists and craftspeople at what I thought were very attractive prices. The shop is manned by volunteers so overheads are low. We bought a few pieces as a reminder of our visit.
We strongly suggest a visit to this centre as the first port of call in Charters Towers. Bookings can be made for the city tour and other activities while you are there.