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The Miner's Cottage

26 Deane St | Down street from Subway, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
+61 414 967 369
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A complete mishmash of ‘stuff’

We went expecting an interesting Miners Cottage and instead got a mishmash of junk. I’m sorry, but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
trevorjarvis
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Townsville, Australia
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A little gem

This cottage is a little treasure trove filled with strange and interesting things from the past... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ROAMH
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Townsville, Australia
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The old Miner's Cottage in Charters Towers is not your usual museum! Owned and operated by a retired prospector, Alan Silverwood, the little timber workers cottage houses Alan's extensive collection of Australiana, Antiques, Collectables, Curios and a whole lot more.... Visitors can browse the collection or try their hand at gold panning in the "tailings". Full tuition is available and this activity is very popular. Every year, hundreds of school-age children visit the cottage to learn about the golden history of the town. Located near the centre of Charters Towers, the cottage is within walking of the Post Office. The Miner's Cottage is open for bookings and personalised guided tours 7 days a week. Just call the owner to make a booking. School groups and bus tour groups are specially catered for, over 1000 schoolchildren visit the cottage to learn about the fascinating history of Charters Towers. The gold panning is very popular! Real GOLD can be found in the tailings...
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  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pan for gold” (15 reviews)
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26 Deane St | Down street from Subway, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went expecting an interesting Miners Cottage and instead got a mishmash of junk. I’m sorry, but what apparently started out as an antique store probably should have stayed just that. The cottage is full, and I mean full, of what is basically junk. It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cottage is a little treasure trove filled with strange and interesting things from the past. Upon entry you are greeted with a warm friendly smile and a wealth of knowledge. Our overseas family enjoyed trying to guess the uses of strange objects from the...More

Thank ROAMH
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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great review, Thankyou. It’s good to receive feedback from visitors to my little museum in Charters Towers. So many travellers fail to appreciate the local history here. Safe travels and best wishes,

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time listening to Alan and watch him demonstrate old antiques and talk about mining gold

Thank Jaz M
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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, I enjoy showing visitors my interesting gadgets and having a bit of fun with history.... Good luck with your endeavours - whatever they may be..

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have made numerous attempts at gold panning and all sorts of venues around Australia, but this is the first time I’ve managed to get some gold specks in my pan. And it was because it was so comprehensively explained HOW to do it! Also...More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Beth, I am really glad that you found some real gold at the Miner’s Cottage in old Charters Towers. It’s good to pass on a bit of my experience to interested visitors, plus I get to meet lovely people as a bonus... Have a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great host - not short on words! Found gold in our panning exercise. Curious antique items to fathom. Allow at least one hour. Excellent value.

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks JohnandLil, It’s great to get positive feedback from visitors to my little cottage. Happy travels to you both. Best wishes,

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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Had great hour ! Found gold ! Well worth the time the guessing game was great!! We even paned for gold and found some !!!

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thanks for your favourable review of The Miner’s Cottage in old Charters Towers, It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit on the day. And finding gold is good fun. Safe travelling wherever it takes you.........

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

The owner is a wealth of knowledge. Lots of interesting things to discover through out the cottage. Gold panning on site learning from an expert.More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thanks Glen A for your kind words on TripAdvisor, it’s great to get positive feedback on how we are doing at the little cottage. We are preparing some more interesting things for visitors to do when they visit old Charters Towers... Happy and safe travelling...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Museum was closed when we visited. Curator away. Assistant was happy to show us arround this amazing collection. A potted history of the gold mining around Charters Towers. So much stuff to sort out but there is such a quantity of artifacts that a visit...More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Very glad to hear that you visited my little museum in Charters Towers, my caretaker/assistant (Dave) informed me that he had done a tour whilst I was away.... I will have to let him know that you enjoyed his tour! There is so much history...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

a must see , very interesting talking to the guy who runs this and heaps of things to look at and buy.More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thanks Colleen for your kind review of The Miner's Cottage, I believe that you were given a tour by Dave.... He is quite passionate about all things Australian and has spent a lot of time in the bush. Hope your future travels are interesting and...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The place is filled with lots of old wares, seems to be little order where they are placed. For the $5 entrance fee is about what it is worth.

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thanks for your review of the Miner's Cottage collection.

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