Charters Towers is located 133km southwest of Townsville and is the gateway to Queensland’s central outback and the Hughenden-Richmond-Winton dinosaur trail. Rich in gold and World War II history, the town is a shadow of its former self dating back to the booming gold rush. Charters may be quieter these days but the history and charm still remain and there is much to discover about the past.
Arriving in town from the eastern side you immediately get the feeling you’re approaching cattle country and country music territory. Keep an eye out for The Big Cow and Golden Guitar sculpture in Apex Park at the town entrance.
The town is characterised by old heritage listed buildings and of course its history of gold. Wander the streets of the town centre and appreciate the old architecture and drop into The Miner’s Cottage on Deane St and pan for gold. Admission fees apply to cover running costs.
The Folk Museum on Mosman St gives insight into the town’s history. The themed displays and abundance of old relics can be recognized and appreciated by many generations. Take a trip down memory lane at the museum as well as learning stories and testimonials of past residents of the goldfields. Opening hours are between 10am and 2pm daily and a small entry fee applies.
Towers Hill takes you back in time to both World War II and the Gold Rush periods. WWII bunkers and abandoned mine shafts are scattered throughout the hill and informative plaques detail the history of the area. Panoramic views of the town can be seen from the lookout and an amphitheatre screening “Ghosts After Dark” each evening is located here. The lookout is accessible via Blackjack Rd at the end of Mosman St.
Lissner Park on Church St is a haven for birdlife. The enormous reserve is grassed and shady with barbeque and picnic facilities and a children’s playground. The main feature is the duck pond which attracts many ducks, geese, turkeys, peacocks and chickens.
Historical Charters Towers takes you back in time to the gold rush era. The charming community is proud of its heritage and it shows in the warm welcome and friendly service.