A booming town during the gold rush of the 1880s, Charters Towers is located about 130km south-west from Townsville on the Flinders Highway. Today you can still see evidence of those early days, with many museums, tours and shops set up to showcase the history of the goldfields.
Take a walk down Mosman Street in the centre of town for a great example of the colonial architecture of the late 1800s. Stop in at the World Theatre, originally the Australian Bank of Commerce and home to the first working stock exchange in the world. Continue up 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.
Or, for a truly unique outback experience head to Leahton Park ranch. Here you can meet one of the ranch’s Texas Longhorns, sample damper and billy tea direct from the camp fire, or step back in time with a wagon ride.