When a young aboriginal boy discovered gold at the foot of Towers Hill in
December 1871, little did he know that his find would lead Charters Towers to be
the second largest city at the turn of the 20th century. "The World", noted
during this time as a place where any ones desire may be found, is hard to
imagine the city buzzing with the activity of our 30,000 hopeful souls. In its
heyday, Charters Towers produced over 6mn oz ($25mn) of precious metal and now
it remains proud of its golden heritage and is a fascinating example of a
quintessential thriving outback town. Given the depth of its history, as well as
its sheer friendliness, by far the best way to experience Charters Towers is to
pop into the Visitor Information Centre.
Charters Towers is located 90 minutes drive south-west of Townsville. The city
is rightfully proud of its gold mining heritage and has developed the ghosts of
gold Heritage Trail, which brings to life the citys stories, legends, hard
evidence of incredible feats, epic events in history, rich landscapes, colourful
tales and characters to keep visitors enthralled.
Charters Towers is also home to the largest amateur Country Music Festival in
Australia (May Day Weekend) and the Goldfield Ashes, which is the largest
amateur cricket carnival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Some of the
natural attractions include Red Falls*, Great Basalt Wall*, Big Bend, Echo
Hole, Anabranch, Lake Buchanan, Hidden Valley and much more.
Source: Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
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Towers accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.