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CHARTERS TOWERS

GOLD PANNING AT THE MINERS  COTTAGE

Try your luck Gold Panning at the historic Miners Cottage! Recreate the early days of the gold-rush long ago. Learn how to find real gold! Pan gravel and river sand sourced from local creeks and old mine tailings! Keep any gold you find! No guarantees – but you will learn how it was done. This great hands-on experience is popular with families, schools, locals and visitors.

Established 30 years ago by retired prospector Alan Silverwood, the Miners Cottage is a “must-do” of the Towers, located right in the heart of town, a short walk from the Visitor Information Centre.

 

GOLD PASS DISCOUNT AVAILABLE – 2 EXPERIENCES – VALID 7 DAYS

Combine with the Venus Gold Battery Experience. Tickets available at the Charters Towers Visitor Centre, on site, or through Historic Australia

1hr 15mins Gold Panning Session

Monday – Saturday at 10am & 2pm

Closed on Sundays

Request Private Tour

TOUR DETAILS

  • 1 hr 15 mins unique experience combining local history with learning how pan for real gold. Includes gold pan hire, Mining Rights Certificate and one on one, hands-on teaching.
  • Family – 1.5 scoops of sand to pan + 2 pans + miners license certificate
  • Individuals – 1 scoop of sand + 1 pan + miners license certificate
  • Pan gravel and river sand sourced from local creeks and old mine tailings.
  • Keep any gold you find! No guarantees – but you will learn how it was done.
  • Each public panning session is limited to 10 people. Bookings essential.
  • Suitable for families, schools, locals and visitors. All ages.

GOLD PASS – VALID 7 DAYS – 2 EXPERIENCES – Gold Panning at the Miners Cottage & Venus Gold Battery Experience.

– Adult $69 – $25 SAVING PER PERSON ($50 / COUPLE)

– *Concession $59 – $25 SAVING PER PERSON ($50 / COUPLE)

– **Family $99 – $55 SAVING PER FAMILY

Gold Panning + History Talk + Museum

  • Adult – $59.00
  • *Adult Concession (Pensioners/Seniors/Uni Students) – $54.00
  • Teen/Child (5-17 years) – $25.00
  • Child (under 5 years) – FREE

Family Specials:

  • Family (2 Adults, up to 2 Teens/Children) – $79.00

 

Museum + History Talk + Gold Panning Demonstration

  • Adult/Concession – $20.00
  • Teen/Child – $10.00

PLEASE NOTE – Selecting the Museum + History Talk + Demonstration ONLY ticket option does not include partaking in Gold Panning. This is a demonstration performed by our expert.

*Concession applies to seniors, pensioners, and university students. Customers may be asked to produce concession cards.

**Family GOLD PASS ticket holders must have at least 1 Adult and 1 Child/Teen

  • PEAK SEASON (JULY-SEPT)
  • 10am Mon – Fri, 2pm Mon-Sat – Closed Sundays
  • 1.15hrs duration
  • (APRIL-JUNE) – 2pm Mon-Sat – Closed Sunday
  • (OCT-MARCH) – See Online
  • We strongly advise to book ahead if you have a specific day or time you need. Each session has a limited capacity of 10 people.
  • Book online directly or through the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre – 07 4761 5533
  • Tour times may vary –  Tours may be cancelled due to private tour bookings or if there are no pre-purchased bookings.

 – Private Sessions available – Schools and private groups

 

This experience has challenges for those using wheelchairs or mobility aids. Including:

  • Uneven ground
  • Steps
  • Gravel/dirt/grassed pathways

Please contact Historic Australia about your accessibility needs and hopefully we can assist you: 0401666441 / bookings@historicaustralia.com.au

  • Family friendly – suitable for all ages
  • Only certified service & assistance animals are permitted          on this tour

TOUR LOCATION

  • Gold Panning at the Miners Cottage – 26 Deane St, Charters Towers City QLD 4820
  • Located right in the heart of town, a short walk from the Visitor Information Centre.
  • Charters Towers is located 137km from Townsville on the Flinders Highway
  • Free public car parking outside the Miners Cottage is available on Deane Street, Charters Towers.
  • Coach parking can be arranged.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DO I USE MY GOLD PASS?

STEP 1
Use the code(s) in your confirmation email to book your VENUS GOLD BATTERY EXPERIENCE via –  historicaustralia.com.au/venus-gold-battery-history-tour/

STEP 2
Use the code(s) in your confirmation email to book your GOLD PANNING AT THE MINERS COTTAGE via – historicaustralia.com.au/gold-panning-at-the-miners-cottage/

Please note: Purchasing the GOLD PASS does not automatically book a date(s) for your tours.

Tours must be booked separately on our website (in any order) using the codes supplied in your confirmation email. Codes are valid for 7 days.

 

If you require help, please email bookings@historicaustralia.com.au

ARE THERE TOILETS AVAILABLE?

There is no toilet facility on site at the Miners Cottage – public toilets can be found at the shopping centre across the road.

IS THERE DISABILITY ACCESS?

Please contact us about disability access as both experiences include some stairs, uneven surfaces and outside pathways. By contacting us we may be able to cater for your needs.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS & VIDEOS?

Still photography is allowed when guides are not talking. Please be mindful of your camera flash as to not shine it in other people’s faces.

Strictly no video or audio filming/recording is allowed at any time.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

Yes. All customers must be wearing flat, enclosed shoes. Shoes must be worn at all times.

Please keep in mind that clothing may come into contact with dirt & water during Gold Panning.

Be sure to bring a water bottle and exercise caution with sun safety.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

Tours will still run in the rain. If the weather looks bad, bring some wet weather gear, and enjoy the tour.

Tours will only be cancelled if conditions become dangerous. Our Bookings Coordinator will contact you to notify you of cancellation and rescheduling your tour.