We are keen for everyone to get the most from our tours and hope the following information will help your preparation.
How do I book a place on a guided tour?
Tickets are available for sale at the following places:
- Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre - 74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers Ph 4761 5533.
- Aussie Outback Oasis Cabin & Van Village
- Dalrymple Tourist Van Park
- Charters Towers Tourist Park
- Online via this website - see Our Tours page for further details
Can I book online?
Yes - please see Our Tours page for further information.
Do you offer discounts for pensioners or concession card holders?
We have tried to keep our tour prices to an affordable minimum for everyone, so at this stage we are only offering a discount on the purchase of family tickets (2 adults and 2 children 5-15 years). We think our pricing is extremely good value though!
How strenuous is the guided walking tour?
Our guided walking tour is along standard footpaths in the main streets of town.
The route is approximately 700 metres in distance. We cover this distance in around 1 hour & 30 minutes. There are many stops along the route where some standing is required. The walking between stops is at a medium pace, with some gentle slopes. One step of stairs is optional.
Please also take the local daytime temperatures into consideration when deciding if the activity is suitable.
Are the walking tour routes accessible for wheelchairs and prams?
Yes, the route for our guided walking tour follows standard footpaths and road crossings in the main streets of Charters Towers and is therefore accessible for wheelchairs and prams.
We offer optional access to one heritage building at the end of the tour via a flight of stairs. However, if you cannot use stairs, other areas of this building are also accessible from the ground floor.
What if it is raining?
We will endeavour to continue running tours in light rain, and have umbrella's available for tour participants to use. However, if the rain is heavy or footpaths are becoming slippery, we will need to cancel the tour and make alternative arrangements with you.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Further information is available on our Terms and Conditions. Please download here:
Terms and Conditions
Charters Towers Historical Tours - Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions_1.pdf (157.93KB)
Where do I meet to start the tour?
If you have booked a ticket for a guided walking tour, please meet your group on the verandah of the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre, at 74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers.
This is a photograph of the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre:
If you have a ticket for a bus tour, please meet at the pick-up site you have booked. If you are being picked up at a caravan park, please wait in the shaded area near their front office. If you are being picked up at the back of the Stock Exchange Arcade, please wait in one of the shaded areas on the grass. Seats are available at all pick-up points. If it is raining, undercover areas are also available at all sites.
What else should I know about before the tour?
Due to the heat of North Queensland we are very conscious of the importance of sun protection whilst outside.
The streets of Charters Towers have many areas of shade under the wide shop verandahs, however some periods of walking in unshaded areas are still necessary during our tours. Therefore, in accordance with the SunSmart recommendations of the Queensland Cancer Council, we recommend that you:
- wear a hat
- apply sunscreen
- wear clothing that will help you avoid sunburn
- use sunglasses
- stay in shaded areas
We suggest that you carry some bottled water with you during tours to avoid dehydration from the heat. Our tours require periods of walking outside, both in shaded and some unshaded areas and the daytime temperatures in Charters Towers can be quite warm even during winter.
Therefore, maintaining your hydration by drinking sufficient water is very important.
Suitable walking shoes:
Our walking tour routes take us along standard footpaths within the main streets of Charters Towers, so no bush-walking or mountain-climbing is required.
However, as the tours are based around periods of both walking and standing, it is wise to be prepared so that you are able to enjoy the activity and participate safely.
Try to wear shoes that are both comfortable and suitable for a walking based activity (this also applies even if you are on a bus tour).
Need help finding a local map?
Top tip! The local council have great maps available on their website for visitors - full of helpful information. Click here for link.
Click on the dropdown arrow of the following map for local road or aerial views: