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Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns
Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns
Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns
Map of Charleville - Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns
Sturt Street
Graham Andrews Parklands
Queensland 4470 Australia

Charleville - Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns
Charleville, South West

Free Entry

07 4654 7771


The Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns are on display within the Graham Andrews Parklands. It's a fascinating outback story.

In 1902 Queensland was in the grip of a great drought. The desperation to produce rain took a unique turn. Queensland's first Government Meteorologist, Mr Clement L Wragge decided to experiment with Steiger Vortex Guns, developed to break up hail over the vineyards of Italy.

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Wragge had six copies of the 'guns' made hoping they would produce much needed rain. The vertical guns were built and placed strategically throughout Charleville, their barrels pointing directly up into the sky. They were charged with gunpowder, in the hope that the resulting explosion would change the atmospheric pressure and produce rain.

Today only two remain intact and are on display in Charleville for all to enjoy.

Did you know, Mr Clement Wragge was the first man to name a cyclone in Australia ? Mr Wragge initially named these cyclones after politicians as he thought in some cases they were as much a national disaster as a politician..

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Property Details


  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area


  • Walking

Open Times

This is a public access area and is always open.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Pets are allowed, however, they must be restrained at all times.

How To Get There

The Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns are situated within Graham Andrews Parklands on Sturt Street (Matilda/Mitchell Highway). Follow the highway south towards Cunnamulla until you see the park on the right.

Free Entry

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