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The Miner's Cottage CHARTERS TOWERS (Bookings Essential)

Tourist Attraction in Charters Towers City
26 Deane Street, Charters Towers City QLD
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The cottage is closed at present, bit too quiet to stay open every day.
Still available for gold panning bookings (in December) gold detectors are also available for hire in December (training included)

The little Miner’s Cottage is closed at present, we will be taking group bookings after the 14th June 2022. Sorry for any inconvenience..

The little Miner's Cottage in old Charters Towers is open again for group bookings of 4 or more (especially families.)
Call Alan 0414967369 and arrange a suitable time for your visit...


Merry Christmas to all my customers and supporters...
Opening for group tours and new displays in the New Year..
Stay Safe everyone...

At the little Miner’Cottage in Charters Towers we have to follow all the precautions related to covid19, so there is still the requirements to keep socially distant while visiting the venue. Family groups are welcome and school groups are welcome. It is difficult to be open every day due to the r...

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The construction of a replica steam “tram” locomotive is progressing well. When completed this year, “Bev” will be transported south to Gundagai NSW, as an advertising piece for a railway themed cafe on the Hume highway (bypass) near the iconic “Dog on the Tuckerbox” statue....

The Miner's Cottage is open for group booking throughout the year. School and bus excursions are our speciality. Gold detectors for hire just call the owner on 0414967369..

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Miner's Cottage will be closed for a couple of weeks
Sorry for any inconvenience...

The Miner’s Cottage is now open for bookings - come in see why this quaint little building is so popular..
Check out the "new" Victor pianola,
or try to find the gold nugget buried in the "tailings" no-one has found it yet...
Or just be amazed how much "nostalgic paraphernalia" can be squeezed...

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9 months ago
A great couple of hours spent with ' Gecko' and old mate listening to tales, discussing their collection of local items from times gone by, and, of course, panning for gold. Highly recommended if you have time to spare while in the Charters Towers area.
- Don S
3 years ago
We loved it! We just stopped in on a whim. Allan was informative and engaging and we learnt a lot about the mining history of the area. The kids had a blast panning for gold. Definitely an experience we will remember. Felt like stepping back in time.
- Alana R
2 years ago
The miners cottage was an incredible experience. Panning for gold, all found our fair share of gold an the owner Alan is a great character, very friendly an hospitable.
- Melanie L

You've never seen a museum like this!!

             Originally an antique shop back in the 1990's this (1890's) timber and iron workers cottage is crammed full of relics and unusual artifacts from old Charters Towers. 
              It is now home to a private collection put together by the present owner/curator Alan Silverwood. (an ex-prospector/bush surveyor).
             At this time of year the cottage is only open to interested persons who want to here some "stories from the past" and perhaps learn how to pan for gold (like a pro).
There are 3 tours available.

1. A personal tour of the cottage and the private collection with a gold panning demonstration. For a small extra charge visitors can try their luck in the "tailings" on site.

2. Test yourself with the "mystery" objects guessing game - maybe win a prize??

3. For the more adventurous, take the R rated tour?  R for "risqué)

REMEMBER You must book a tour by Clicking Here to Make a Booking Online Now! 

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26 Deane Street
Charters Towers City QLD 4820
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