Charters Towers Tourism & Travel
Charters Towers Australia
Situated in the Burdekin Basin southwest of Townsville, Charters Towers is located some 1311kms from Brisbane and131kms from Townsville in Northern Queensland.
Charters Towers Attractions
Beautiful examples of 19th and 20th century architecture grace the streets of Charters Towers; the 1888-built Charters Towers Stock Exchange is host to a craft markets on the first and third Sunday of the month and the Showground Markets are on the second Sunday of the month. Located on the outskirts of Charters Towers, the Venus Gold Battery off the Millchester Road, is the oldest surviving battery in Queensland, gives an insight into a 19th century gold rush. Local historic memorabilia is displayed at the Charters Towers Folk Museum, and visitors can see the original billiard tables at the former gentlemens club now called the Civic Club. For the ultimate insight into Charters Towers history, The Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail is a must do.
Charters Towers Events
As host to many lively events, Charters Towers draws crowds from far and wide every year. Major events include the Goldfield Ashes Cricket Carnival, the Rodeo, Ten Days in the Towers featuring music and bush poets, the Country Music Festival, and the Charters Towers Show and the charming National Trust Markets operate on a fortnightly basis.
National Park Dalrymple
On the Burdekin River, the Dalrymple National Park has an abundance native wildlife and small marsupials such as rock wallabies and owinged sugar gliders. Accessible from the National Park, the Great Basalt Wall is ancient solidified lava wall created in the Toomba basalt flow and is a definite sight to see.
Charters Towers History
On Christmas Eve in 1871, a young Aboriginal boy, Jupiter Mosman, struck gold by chance when he accompanied a small group of prospectors at the foot of Towers Hill. The find of the 12 year old started a massive gold rush; in the big boom years of 1872 - 1899, Charters Towers had the only Stock Exchange in Australia outside of a capital city. Charters Towers grew to become Queenslands second largest city outside of Brisbane with a vast population of some 30,000 souls. By 1917, gold mining was uneconomic and little development has occurred ever since. The Casino in nearby Townsville is named after the boy who discovered gold Jupiter Towers Casino and a plaque on the wall tells the story of the golden boy of Charters Towers. Nothing tells the early history of pioneers in Australia quite like a pioneer cemetery; the Pioneer Cemetery gives ain insight into the early pioneers, including the resting place of Jupiter Mossman.
Charters Towers Today
Today, Charters Towers is a regional centre for the mining and beef industry. Some 7,979 souls reside in Charters Towers, which lies within the Charters Towers Regional Council. The history of Charters Towers is evident throughout the township; as happens in gold rushes, imposing buildings are created. Many Art Deco buildings can be sighted at Charters Towers and Charters Towers is on the itinerary of many people who travel between Townsville and Cairns. With the charm of the gold-rush and an enthusiast and friendly country vibe, the historic rural town of Charters Towers takes visitor back in time with many intriguing sites to see and is well worth a visit.