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Charters Towers - Cities, Towns and Localities
Charters Towers sits on the Overlander's Way, providing an interesting stay for those travelling west through Queensland outback.

Its rich gold mining heritage is evident in the restored buildings and can be experienced by a self-guided tour. There is even the 'ghosts of gold Heritage Trail'. Just pop into the Visitor Information Centre for more information.

Charters Towers also plays host to a number of wonderful annual events throughout the year that include the iconic The Goldfield Ashes and the Charters Towers Country Music Festival. Charters Towers is also at the edge of the acclaimed Dinosaur Trail.

Charters Towers Attractions

One of the natural attractions at Charters Towers, Big BendGreat Basalt Wall National Park*
The park is a haven for many birds and animals, a large colony of flying foxes inhabit the park and sweep out from their roosts each night to forage for fruit and nectar giving trees.

The park protects 35,200 ha of land containing the Great Basalt Wall, a geological formation of the Toomba basalt flow. The park boundaries are surrounded by freehold or leasehold properties, through which access is not permitted. The park is currently not accessible to the public.

For current information visit the Queensland National Parks website for Great Basalt Wall National Park.
Stock Exchange
• Charters Towers focal point was once the Stock Exchange, built in 1887 as the Royal Arcade and converted into a stock exchange in 1890. Once the only stock exchange in Australia with three calls a day, it ceased in late 1910’s with the building left to decay until the National Trust purchased the building in the early 1970s and restored it as an arcade of shops. The glass roofed arcades were a form of building that was popular in Europe at the close of the 19th century (Blackheath & Thornburgh College).
White Mountains National Park
• Rugged and remote wilderness park between Charters Towers and Hughenden. Spectacular sandstone bluffs and gorges. Wildflower display in the heaths late winter/early spring. Northern section inaccessible. Access to south-east corner from Flinders Highway. For self-sufficient visitors and experienced walkers. Bushwalkers must register with the Ranger. Camping permitted must be booked in advance.
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Charters Towers Tours/Charters

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ghosts of gold Heritage Trail - Grandeur, Greed, Gold and Ghosts
• If it's quirky tales about ghostly characters you are after, then the Charters Towers ghosts of gold Heritage Trail is for you. Our ghosts from our gold rush and their stories are told at four venues throughout the city. More information can be had from the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre.
ghosts of gold Logo Rationale
• ghosts of gold brings to life the stories and legends of the characters that made Charters Towers, in its heyday, the second largest city in Queensland.

The trail explores the rich landscapes and colourful tales of the four G’s; from the discovery of Gold at the foot of Towers Hill, the Grandeur of the historic One Square Mile, Greed in the hearts of those trying to win it big in the Stock Exchange Arcade and if you listen hard enough, you’ll hear the Ghosts hard at work down at the Venus Battery.

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Charters Towers Events

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Charters Towers Country Music Festival
• First week in May
• Thousands of country music fans and performers from throughout Australia and overseas, flock to this annual 3 day event of country fun and festivities. First held in 1978, this music event has grown to become Australia's largest country music talent quest, with hundreds of contestants making their bid for fame. The festival also attracts some of the biggest names in the country music industry, sharing the limelight between professionals and amateurs.
Charters Towers Motor Show & Swap Meet
• Charters Towers Restorer’s Club • CHARTERS TOWERS QLD 4820 • Email (online form)
• June
• Hosted by the Charters Towers Restorers Club, this annual event welcomes veteran, vintage, historic and classic motor vehicle and restoration enthusiasts from throughout North Queensland and beyond to the annual Swap Meet and Motor Show, held over the Queens Birthday weekend. There is something for everyone at this event including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, kids rides, horse and wagon rides, stationary engines display and much more.
Charters Towers Agricultural Show
• July/August
• Come and see what the country is all about with our ‘country show’. There is a large beef cattle section, equestrian events, displays from our schools and community groups, arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables, poultry, pigeons, cooking and plants.
Charters Towers Amateur Races
• October
• Annual event held every Caulfield Cup Day at the Charters Towers Race Track.
Christmas Fair
• December
• Every year the hustle and bustle of the festive season comes to Gill Street where visitors can browse the local art and craft, street entertainers and food stalls.
The Goldfield Ashes
• January (Australia Day Weekend)
• This iconic Queensland regional event, is the biggest amateur cricket carnival in the Southern Hemisphere, played over the Australia Day weekend. Started in 1948, the object of the carnival is to bring together from near and far our fellow cricketers, to participate with good sportsmanship and friendly rivalry in the King of Games.
Showgrounds Markets
• Showgrounds, CHARTERS TOWERS QLD 4820 • Ph: 07 4787 7292 • Fax: 07 4787 3652
• Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month, except in June, when it is held on the 4th Sunday.
• Held in the showgrounds, this monthly market brings together a range of local and district products including craft, jewellery, produce, home cooking, books, plants and much more. Featuring more than 40 stalls, that include food, coffee/tea and cold drinks.
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Charters Towers Distance

Just south-west of Townsville, Charters Towers is located on the cross roads of Flinders Highway (also part of the Overlander's Way) and the Gregory Developmental Road.
Distance to Charters Towers
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Charters Towers:
• Atherton 494
• Bowen 277
• Brisbane 1,432
• Cairns 479
• Clermont 373
• Cloncurry 647
• Emerald 476
• Hughenden 249
• Ingham 245
• Innisfail 393
• Longreach 639
• Mareeba 535
• Mission Beach 369
• Richmond 362
• Tully 342
• Winton 462
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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