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The Miner's Cottage

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The Miner's Cottage

Excellent welcome. Our grand son was so happy to get two specks of gold. We learnt about how gold... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Christiane B
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At this Miners Cottage there is great antiques and there is a blacksmith shop as well.

Allan gives personal instruction on how to pan and we come away with gold. I have been to other... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Barry M
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Geelong, 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...more
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26 Deane St | Charters Towers, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820, Australia
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Excellent welcome. Our grand son was so happy to get two specks of gold. We learnt about how gold is heavier than sand and that you can get it from a river or extract it from the ground.

Thank Christiane B
Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thankyou for your positive review of my little miner's cottage in old Charters Towers... I enjoy teaching history and gold panning skills to the younger generation (and older generations!) Happy travels,

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Allan gives personal instruction on how to pan and we come away with gold. I have been to other places like Central Debora in BENDIGO and no one does hands on instruction like Allan does, he is a great asset to the to Charters Towers...More

Thank Barry M
Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks Barry for your review of my little cottage museum etc... It’s great to meet visitors who are interested in Australian history. All the best with your future travels around this wonderful country of ours. Call again - lots of interesting developments in the pipeline....More

Reviewed 10 September 2018

Alan, where does one start? The most knowledgeable man and so patient. Alan got us sorted for gold detection, off we went. Bought some dirt back to pan at the cottage. I got a little bit but best of all, Alan helped my 5 year...More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Gee, with a review like that my old hat won’t fit anymore!! due to my swollen head.... It was unfortunate that you didn’t make your fortune out on the diggings, but the heavy yellow stuff is really hard to find (in the bush.) It is...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

A great little shack of Victorian era memorabilia and demonstrations of gold panning from a colourful local character. Alan is full of entertaining stories of both the past and present. Should be coupled with a visit to the Zara Clark Museum and another must see...More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Thanks for your positive comments on various Charters Towers attractions.... I enjoy teasing visitors with unusual curios and artefacts from the town at The Miner’s Cottage.... Call again one day... There’s lots of hidden history in this place.

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our time at the cottage. So many amazing items from time gone by. We tried our hand at gold panning which was fun. Make sure you call the number posted at the door to arrange your visit as the hours are not...More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Glad that you managed to visit The Miner’s Cottage, it is difficult to keep it open when the weather heats up.... Tourism is quite seasonal in Charters Towers. It’s great to get feedback from visitors and it’s wonderful meeting people from different places. Cheers and...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Very informative and interesting, lots of history about Charters Towers, great value for money, CT is an interesting place to visit

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Glad to hear tthat you enjoyed your visit to Charters Towers (and The Miner’s Cottage) We all love telling the stories about this historic town. Call again one day. Happy travels

Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We took the chance to wash some tiny gold flakes. Veey kind guide and nice little and familiar museum!

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

Thanks for the review Luki, I remember your visit to the Miner's Cottage and I enjoyed hearing about your trip in Australia. Safe travels in our country....

Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We came as trip advisor says open every day but sign out front says only open Tuesday and Wednesday, recommend you call before you go. Our mistakeMore

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2018

Hello Ingrid, My apologies for not being open when you visited, the cottage is actually open for bookings all year round but you must call first. TripAdvisor does not have any facility to advise this. I conduct tours through the Venus gold battery on Saturdays...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018

This is $10 and 1 hour that we won't get back, the presentation and video was all about the owner and not about the history / geology of charters towers. The place is over full of junk & rubbish and suggest you don't waste your...More

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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Thanks for your comments - sorry that you were disappointed with the tour. Most visitors to the cottage find the place very interesting and informative.

Reviewed 18 June 2018 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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Alan S, Owner at The Miner's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Hi Trevor, It would appear from your comments that you didn’t experience the tour of the cottage and it’s collection of rare and unusual artefacts from the past... You should visit again and see the bigger than life size.metal sculpture of a blacksmith which is...More

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