Charters Towers Tourism : Charters Towers Holiday Guide 2018
6 www.visitcharterstowers.com .au Discover Charters Towers VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Your first stop should be the Visitor Information Centre on Mosman Street. Housed in what was the Union Bank, it was built in 1880 and is now staffed with local volunteers who are more than happy to point you towards sights of interest and help with accommodation ranging from hotels to motels, caravan parks and budget accommodation. The World, as Charters Towers is affectionately known, is a scenic gold mining city that’s big on history and character. From a chance discovery of gold in 1871 by a young Aboriginal horse boy Jupiter Mosman and the proclamation of a goldfield in 1872, Charters Towers soon turned into a bustling metropolis, which in its heyday boasted being the second largest city in Queensland. Today the pace is a little less hectic, with visitors able to explore the rich heritage of Charters Towers in their own time. From a quick stop-over to a charming day trip or a leisurely few days taking in the sights, Charters Towers offers something for every visitor and every interest. CHARTERS TOWERS MUST DOS HERITAGE CITY Links to the glory days of mining can still be explored by joining the Ghost of Gold Heritage Trail, which includes a trip to Australia’s largest surviving battery relic, the Venus Gold Battery. A drive or walk up Towers Hill pays testament to the fact Charters Towers was a significant allied military base in World War II. TOWERS HILL Since the discovery of gold, the hill’s three peaks have been subject to much use - mining, telegraph route and ordinance storage. Towers Hill Lookout has many interesting and factual storyboards and features an evening film screened in the Amphitheatre. STOCK EXCHANGE Known as the Royal Arcade when it was built in 1888, the most famous of tenants was the Charters Towers Stock Exchange. From 1890 the Charters Towers Stock Exchange was one of Australia’s few regional stock exchanges, and was linked to the world via telegraph, with three calls a day, six days a week.
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