Stock Exchange Arcade
Mosman St, Charters Towers, Australia
Stock Exchange Arcade Charters Towers Reviews
An Interesting Piece of History Jun 06, 2009
If you're in Charters Towers, chances are you will venture into the Stock Exchange Arcade in any case, as it's basically the focal point of the town. However, just for those who don't know, it's well worth a journey there to have a look at a slice of history not too many people know about.
The Stock Exchange Arcade was built back in 1888 and was the first stock exchange outside of a capital city in Australia, and they used to anounce the stocks three times daily from the upstairs platform. This was all due to the massive gold rush that was here back in those times.
There's a few little shops and cafes in here, as well as the free mining musem, and the Don Roderick Art Gallery, which displays local art. Cost of a gold coin donation and well worth it, at least for the lovely lady who explains all about the town's history and what to do. You can also walk out onto the announcing platform where they used to announce stock prices to all.
Shops tend to close in here at lunch time on weekends, so get here early. And be warned the toilets are locked on weekends, but the desperate can head to the World Cinema right next door ;-) Nevertheless if you've come out this way, the arcade is worth crossing your legs for a good 45 minutes or so walking around and browsing.
The amount it costs you depends on where you go and what you buy! But you could easily spend less than $25 with a visit to the gallery, souvenier shop and cafe.
Part of the Charters Towers - June 2009 travel blog
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