Charters Towers Overview

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The inland town of Charters Towers is 90 minutes drive south west of Townsville. Charters Towers was once the second largest city in Queensland and it was originally founded on the discovery of large gold deposits in the area.

Many examples of ornate architecture and former mining operations remain in a similar fashion to the Victorian towns of Ballarat and Bendigo.

Although gold is still mined here, it is not to the extent of the days when the city's Stock Exchange was booming.

Ghosts Of Gold

Charters Towers has a fascinating 'Ghosts of Gold' Heritage Trail to celebrate the city's golden heritage. Ghost of Gold is a whole town experience which incorporates today's existing sites that were tied in with the city's gold rush.

These ghosts and their stories are brought to life through interactive displays, storyboards, audio and film presentations that are guaranteed to make your trip to this historic town all the more inviting.

Walk through the grand Stock Exchange Arcade, which is brought to life with the Calling of the Card - a re-enactment of how the gold was traded over 100 years ago.

Take a guided tour of the Venus Battery, Queensland's oldest intact gold mill, where over $790 million worth of gold (in today's value) has been processed.

Thankyou to The Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre for their assistance and for the photos used on this page.


Charters Towers is located in north east Queensland and has an approximate latitude of 20.0°S and a longitude of 146.0° E.

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Queensland School & Public Holidays

2008 Public Holidays

New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.

Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.

Good Friday 21st March.

Easter Monday 24th March.

Anzac Day Fri 25th April.

Labour Day Mon 5th May.

Queens Birthday Holiday Mon 9th June.

Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.

Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.

2008 School Holidays

(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)

School Starts Tue 29th January

Easter Holiday 7th April To 11th April.

Winter Holiday 30th June To 11th July.

Spring Holiday 22nd Sept To 3rd Oct.

Summer Holiday 15th Dec To Jan 21st.

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving does not operate in Queensland

Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.

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