Charters Towers Tourism : 8.10.14
WELcOmE TO OuR WORLD cHARTERS TOWERS - I T RE A LLy IS SOmETHING TO WRITE HOmE AbOuT! To make the most of your visit we suggest a stay of at least three days is necessary to explore the city’s rich heritage and surrounding countryside. GOLD, GREED, GHOSTS AND GRANDEuR – cHARTERS TOWERS situated just 90 minutes south-west of Townsville, ‘The World’ as it’s affectionately known, is a scenic gold mining city that’s big on history and character. From a chance discovery of gold in 1871 by a young Aboriginal horse boy Jupiter Mosman and the proclamation of a goldfield in 1872, Charters Towers soon turned into a bustling metropolis, which in its heyday boasted being the second largest city in Queensland! so large was Charters Towers to become, that at the height of the gold rush the town included 11 crushing mills, 65 hotels and one of the very first regional Stock Exchanges in Australia, which still stands proudly at the intersection of Gill and Mosman streets. HERITAGE cITy Today the pace is a little less hectic, with visitors able to explore the rich heritage of Charters Towers in their own time. From a quick stop-over to a charming day trip or a leisurely couple of days taking in the sights, Charters Towers offers something for every visitor and every interest. Of course your first stop should be the Visitor Information Centre on Mosman street, housed in what was once the union Bank, built in 1880, and staffed with local volunteers who are more than happy to point you towards sights of interest and help with accommodation ranging from hotels to motels, caravan parks and budget accommodation. To get a feel of the city pick up a Heritage Walking Map from the visitor Information Centre and walk the One square Mile. This is a comfortable stroll which takes in the best of the city’s heritage listed architecture, like the World Theatre, City Hall and the Post Office. Although mining continues to be an important part of life in Charters Towers, the old- fashioned crushers have long laid silent. But links to the glory days of mining can still be explored by joining the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail, which includes a trip to Australia’s largest surviving battery relic, the venus Gold Battery. not all of Charters Towers’ past is golden. Once a significant allied military base in World War II, a drive up Towers Hill is testament to this with some 30 concrete bunkers dotted throughout the surrounding hills. A look at the City Hall World War II photographic display and the incredible collection of military memorabilia at the Zara Clark Museum is a must, and a trip to the Burdekin Weir shows where bombers’ target shooting took place. AROuND THE WORLD There is a lot to offer visitors a little further out of town. An area spanning the size of Tasmania, this hive of agricultural activity gives visitors the chance to discover the rural side of life in the outback. stay on a working cattle station or visit the weekly cattle sales at the Dalrymple saleyards. An easy way to explore this vast area is to take yourself on a self-guided drive. There are five to choose from – Explorers, Heritage, Geological, Desert Uplands or Tropical. Ask for a more detailed information brochure at the Information Centre. Mining, history and good old-fashioned country hospitality – it’s what Charters Towers is all about. A city with a big past. Discover it today! Just make sure you pick up plenty of postcards, because once you’ve seen this slice of the west, you’re sure to have plenty to write home about! Greetings from Charters Towers . We stumbled across this little ` nugget’ by accident, but what a great discovery ! After a lovely drive we reached Charters Towers just before lunch. Past the giant bull statue, we made our way up the main street. But with so many magnificent heritage buildings we couldn’t help ourselves and drove back down for one more look ! After a quick tour around the business district, we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the charming Centenary Park . After lunch it was a trip up to Towers Hill and to the Zara Clark Museum. Tonight we’re planning totakeinashowatthe World Theatre ! And tomorrow we’ve already signed up for the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail. I can’t wait ! Charters Towers is such a wonderful place to visit . . . we’re already planning our next trip back ! S&TBrown, 45 Gold St, Sydney CHARTERsTOWERsREGIOnALHOLIDAyAnDTOuRInGGuIDE2014|vIsITORInFORMATIOnCEnTRE(07)47615533 6 CHARTERsTOWERsREGIOnALHOLIDAyAnDTOuRInGGuIDE2014|WWW.CHARTERsTOWERs.QLD.GOv.Au 7 v iew f ro mth es t e p so fth e v isi t orI nf or mat io nC e nt re.
Charters Towers Holiday Guide 2015