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Charters Towers

Charters Towers is 135 kilometres south-west of Townsville and has an altitude of 336 metres which ensures an excellent climate with comfortably cool nights. Known mostly for its heritage and gold mining history, this city once had a population of 27,000 and had the only Stock Exchange in Australia to take three calls a day.

Today the main industries are mining (mine tours are available) beef (homestay accommodation is available), education (five excellent, world recognised boarding schools) and tourism (a visit will explain why).

Charters Towers is a perfect example of the real Australia, with brilliantly coloured sunsets, and cattle stations. The friendly atmosphere and heritage streetscape only add to its unique appeal. Numerous tranquil water spots and secluded lava caves ensures fascinating walks and great camping. A walking tour is one of the best ways to appreciate the history and the many grand colonial buildings that adorn the streets. A must-see is the Stock Exchange building which was hooked into the world via telegraph from 1890. Don’t miss the Venus Gold Battery on the outskirts of town. Here, gold was processed from 1872 until 1972 and a guided tour relates the innovation and hard work, which were part of the golden days of Charters.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 1,200 kilometres.

Activites and Experiences at Charters Towers

  • Off Road Driving
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Flora
  • Fossicking
  • Gold prospecting
  • Hay rides
  • Horseriding
  • Sightseeing
  • Bush Tucker
  • Walking
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Adventure
  • The Arts
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Eco Tourism
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • Nature based
  • Off road
  • Outback
  • Rail
  • Remote
  • Sport
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Disabled
  • Family
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Townsville Enterprises
  • Visitor Information Centre

Nearest Airport: Townsville Airport

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