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The outback surrounded us, as we travelled the bitumen road into it’s shimmering distance. Passed the open cut mines and the Dancing Companions (brolgas), dead grass giving way to red soil and the occasional eucalypt. Brown mounds appeared and rushed passed, mounds we try to avoid running over, because the stench of rotting flesh can wrap itself around the wheels and seep it’s way into the vehicle. A memorable sickly smell, that clings for hours after.

Suddenly, in the distance we see a huge black shape crouched on the road. Our eyes adjust to the heat haze, shimmering into the image ahead. The road rushes under our wheels as we get closer, then realisation that it was feeding on a road kill; but still you can’t quite make it out. It looks like a giant black beast. Then when you are practically upon it, it takes shape and spreads it’s huge wings, giving you one last look, before it flies off. We were awed.

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Stock Exchange ฉ Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre

When a young aboriginal boy discovered gold at the foot of Towers Hill in December 1871, little did he know that his find would lead Charters Towers to be the second largest city at the turn of the 20th century. "The World", noted during this time as a place where any one’s desire may be found, is hard to imagine the city buzzing with the activity of our 30,000 hopeful souls. In its heyday, Charters Towers produced over 6mn oz ($25mn) of precious metal and now it remains proud of its golden heritage and is a fascinating example of a quintessential thriving outback town. Given the depth of its history, as well as its sheer friendliness, by far the best way to experience Charters Towers is to pop into the Visitor Information Centre.

City Hall ฉ Charters Towers Visitor Information CentreCharters Towers is located 90 minutes drive south-west of Townsville. The city is rightfully proud of its gold mining heritage and has developed the ghosts of gold Heritage Trail, which brings to life the city’s stories, legends, hard evidence of incredible feats, epic events in history, rich landscapes, colourful tales and characters to keep visitors enthralled.

Charters Towers is also home to the largest amateur Country Music Festival in Australia (May Day Weekend) and the Goldfield Ashes, which is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Some of the natural attractions include Red Falls*, Great Basalt Wall*, Big Bend, Echo Hole, Anabranch, Lake Buchanan, Hidden Valley and much more.

Source: Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre

Check out our listing of Charters Towers accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Charters Towers and Dalrymple Tourist Information Centre
74 Mosman Street
Charters Towers QLD 4820
Ph: 07 4752 0314

* There is currently no access to the Red Falls and the Great Basalt Wall National Park, and as such is currently unavailable as an attraction. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are looking at alternatives for access. Contact the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre.

Mosman Street ฉ Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
Mosman Street ฉ Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre

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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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