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Charleville is in the heart of Queensland’s ‘mulga country’. It is the largest town in the south west of the Outback region and was gazetted in 1868 and later named by the Government surveyor of the day, Mr WA Tully, after a town in Ireland where he had lived.

In March 1888, rail transport reached Charleville. This railway gave Charleville a direct link with the state capital, Brisbane. This line still operates passenger services twice a week to Charleville on board Queensland Rail’s Westlander.

Cobb and Co, the famous coach company, based their largest coach making factory in Australia in the township of Charleville in 1890. The factory was moved to Charleville because the wood used in coaches made in factories closer to the coast would split and crack in the dry, dusty conditions of Western Queensland. On the subject of transport, Qantas scheduled its first fare paying passenger service from Charleville to Cloncurry, via Longreach and Winton, back in 1922.

The mulga country of Queensland’s outback is rich in history, flora and fauna. The Charleville Heritage Trail guides visitors through the history of the town and its heritage buildings. The stars almost touch the end of your nose at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory where clear nights and a low horizon combine to give visitors a great night time experience. Kangaroos, emus, birds of prey and a wondrous variety of Australian native wildlife can be seen whilst travelling this area. Visit the National Parks Research Station, home of the Save the Bilby Fund. Seasonal ‘meet the bilbies’ tours are held at the station.

Activites and Experiences at Charleville

  • Astronomy Find the answers to all of your questions about the universe at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory. Take a tour of the night skies through powerful Meade telescopes.
  • Birdwatching Including emus and birds of prey.
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Farm/Station activity Visit Myendetta Homestead and enjoy the yarns, history and nostalgia while you hear about the trials and tribulations of outback life over four generations.
  • Flora
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition School of Distance Education.
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Animal Viewing ‘Meet the Bilbies’ at the National Parks Research Station. With expert guides, discover the fight to save the habitat of this rare and endangered Australian native.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport MacAir Airlines and QantasLink.
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Suncorp Metway, as well as numerous credit unions.
  • Chemist
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop Greyhound Australia service to and from Brisbane, Mount Isa and Longreach.
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel All fuel supplies including Autogas.
  • Golf
  • Hospital Public and private facilities available with numerous specialist services.
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services Royal Automobile Club of Australia (RACQ).
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park Tregole National Park and National Park Research Station.
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal Queensland Rail Westlander service to and from Brisbane twice weekly.
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket Two supermarkets and specialty shops catering for most goods and services.
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres Charleville Visitor Information Centre, Cunnamulla Road.
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Golf
  • Historic/Heritage Let the history of the area come to life as you uncover the treasures of Historic House.
  • National Park Tregole National Park and National Park Research Station.
  • Outback
  • Pub Stay
  • Rail Queensland Rail Westlander service to and from Brisbane twice weekly.
  • Remote
  • Soft Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Outback Queensland Tourism

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