A booming town during the gold rush of the 1880s, Charters Towers is located approximately 130 kilometres south-west of Townsville on the Flinders Highway/Overlanders Way. Today you can still see evidence of those early days with many museums, tours and country style shops to showcase the history of the goldfields.
Take a walk down Gill and Mosman Streets in the centre of town for many great examples of colonial architecture of the late 1800s. Stop in at the World Theatre, originally the Australian Bank of Commerce and now housing a state-of-the-art cinema and 660 seat auditorium arts facility. Continue to The Miner’s Cottage in Deane Street where you can try your hand at panning for gold.
If you are here at the end of April, be sure to go to the 10 Days in the Towers Festival. Held during the last week of April and the first week of May each year, the festival celebrates country music, bush poetry and all sorts of outback fun. It culminates with the Charters Towers Country Music Festival on the final weekend.
Or, for a truly unique outback experience, head to Leahton Park. Here you can meet JR, one of the ranch’s Longhorns who holds the Guinness World Record for the beast with the longest horns, sample damper and billy tea direct from the campfire or step back in time with a covered wagon ride.