Venus Gold Battery

Townsville & Mission Beach

Take a tour of the reputedly haunted Venus Gold Battery, where gold-bearing ore was crushed and processed from 1872 to 1980. It's an intriguing insight into the mining era. Advance bookings through the visitor centre recommended.

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Nearby Townsville & Mission Beach attractions

1. Stock Exchange Arcade

2.39 MILES

Walk beneath the barrel-vaulted portico into a gorgeous little open-ended arcade (1888) which was the commercial hub of the second-largest town in…

2. Towers Hill

2.78 MILES

Climb up here for a panoramic view of town at sunrise or sunset. The view helps put the town in its context – it's surprisingly large, but nothing…

3. Cattle Sales

3.08 MILES

For a real slice of local life, there are cattle sales at the Dalrymple Saleyards west of town on the road to Hughenden most Wednesdays – ask at the…