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Discover Charters Towers
The enchanting town of Charters Towers is located an easy 90 minute drive inland from Townsville. The streets are like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. Charters Towers is considered part of the ‘accessible’ true Australian Outback and shouldn’t be missed on your next outback coach charter.
Founded in 1871, following the discovery of a gold nugget by Aboriginal horse boy, Jupiter Mosman, Charters Towers was established as a ‘land of promise’ for many gold prospectors. It quickly became a booming gold rush town, with over 65 hotels and more than 25,000 people moving to the region. In the thirty six years that followed, fossicking turned up a staggering 200 tonnes of gold!
Charters Towers became the second largest town in Queensland and was renowned for having everything a civilised person could want and as a result, it was nicknamed “The World”. Today, you can still see evidence of those early days with many museums, tours and colonial architecture depicting the past.
Charters Towers offers a number of magnificent heritage buildings which are testament to the prosperity of the early 1880’s. The heritage listed Stock Exchange Arcade, The World Theatre, City Hall and the Post Office Tower will have you reaching for your camera!
Don’t forget to visit the iconic drive-in cinema for flicks under the stars, Towers Hill for vast outback landscapes and stunning sunsets and World War II interactive bunker displays. The Venus Gold Battery also allows you to discover the largest surviving battery relic in Australia and pan for gold at the Miners Cottage.
For something a little different and a truly outback encounter, head to Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris to sample damper and billy tea and meet ‘JR,’ the 2013 Guinness World Record holder for the bull with the longest horns! With so many great local attractions and things to do in Charters Towers, it will be hard to pick which ones to experience first!
Experiences in Charters Towers
Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences.
Charters Towers Ghost Tours
You’re in luck if you want to channel your inner ghostbuster, see an apparition, or just get a better idea of what life was like during the Gold Rush period. Previous Charters Towers ghost tour participants have seen shadowy figures and even captured spectres on video. Some of the resident ghosts are friendly, according to tour guides, while others are not. Perhaps the unfriendly ghosts had to pay a high price for their greed during the Gold Rush?