Information & Attractions

Charters Towers, Queensland, only a short 90 minute drive from the coastal town of Townsville (located 1,000 kilometres north of Brisbane City), is renowned today as one of the state’s few ‘alive’ historic gold mining towns with original 1890’s style heritage.

The Charters Towers gold rush of the 1870s saw the town become a major mining and business centre.

Grand commercial buildings and private schools gave the town such presence that its inhabitants dubbed it ‘The World’ and many of them still stand today.

Find out more in our video below

charterstowers About Charters Towers
The historic Charters Towers, a rural inland city found on gold mining, is situated 110 kilometres south-west of Townsville. Read more
Self-Drive Audio Tour Self-Drive Audio Tour
Hire or purchase your own audio driving tour CD and map, and discover the hidden treasures of Charters Towers. Read more
Cattle Sales Cattle sales
Experience the thrill of livestock going under the hammer. Cattle sales are held every Wednesday (dependent upon numbers). Read more
Local Shopping Antiques, Crafts and Local Shopping
Charters Towers offers a unique shopping experience where bargain hunters can find a special or two or uncover a hidden treasure. Read more
Macrossan Bridge Flood Marker Macrossan Bridge Flood Marker
Just 15 minutes east of Charters Towers on the Flinders Highway. Take a moment to pull over and check out the flood water heights. Read more
City Mural City Murals
Discover some of Charters Towers’ local works of art at various places around town. Read more
Centenary of Federation Sculpture Trail - thumb Centenary of Federation Heritage Sculpture Trail
Discover some of our City’s characters – Zelia Alexander, Annie Bags and Francis Powell. Read more
WWII Photographic Display  WWII Photographic Display
The photographic display is in the foyer of City Hall and is open for viewing during Council business hours. Read more
Assay Room and Mining Museum Assay Room and Mining Museum
The restored Assay Room, located at the rear of the Stock Exchange Arcade, was set up under the direction of Mr John Banks. Read more
Historic Ambulance Centre Historic Ambulance Centre
This centre dates back to 1903 and was the first ambulance station in Queensland outside Brisbane. Read more
Early Bird Towers Hill Walk Early Bird – Towers Hill Walk
Early morning is the best time to discover the wildlife living on and around Towers Hill. Read more
Swimming and Fishing Swimming and Fishing
Head out to the Flat Rock camping reserve which offers two kilometres of frontage onto the Burdekin River Read more

About Charters Towers

The historic Charters Towers, a rural inland city found on gold mining, is situated 110 kilometres south-west of Townsville.

Charters Towers holds a wealth of knowledge surrounding regional and outback Australia as it played a substantial role in bringing the world to the town that was once filled with gold.

The rural landscape, covered with surviving mining and processing mills, partnered with the hospitable and friendly towns people makes for a wonderfully unique experience for all visitors.

Self-Drive Audio Tour
Hire or purchase your own audio driving tour CD and map, and discover the hidden treasures of Charters Towers at your own pace.  Keep it for an hour or a week and visit historic sites you would not find on your own, while listening to the excellent commentary as you drive.

Available from the Visitor Information Centre which is located at 74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers.

Cattle sales
Experience the thrill of livestock going under the hammer. Cattle sales are held every Wednesday (dependent upon numbers) at the Dalrymple Saleyards. Beef sold from the Saleyards is sourced from over 250 commercial properties with a Regiona herd of 600,000 head of cattle.

The Saleyards sells over 100,000 head per annum of store and prime cattle, and hosts North Queensland’s premier bull and horse sales.

Antiques, Crafts and Local Shopping
Charters Towers offers a unique shopping experience where bargain hunters can find a special or two or uncover a hidden treasure among the arts and crafts shops, antique and second-hand stores.

The shopping strip is special too as it is still a country experience with many locally owned shops providing good old country service with a smile.

Macrossan Bridge Flood Marker
Just 15 minutes east of Charters Towers on the Flinders Highway. Take a moment to pull over and check out the flood water heights of the mighty Burdekin River. You will be amazed.

City Murals
Discover some of Charters Towers’ local works of art at various places around town.  By far the largest mural is visible at the Arthur Titley Centre, but you can explore others at the Civic Club, Centenary Park, Healthy Treats and the Westpac Bank.

Centenary of Federation Heritage Sculpture Trail
Discover some of our City’s characters – Zelia Alexander, Annie Bags and Francis Powell – through sculpture and follow the trail made possible by some very talented local artists.

In all, 18 sculptures were created and you can view them across nine venues around town. Pick up your brochure at the Visitor Information Centre.

WWII Photographic Display
The photographic display is in the foyer of City Hall and is open for viewing during Council business hours.

This exhibit captures the activities that took place at the Charters Towers Aerodrome and the Bredden Airstrip during WWII.  City Hall is located at 70 Mosman Street, Charters Towers.

Assay Room and Mining Museum
Phone:  (07) 4761 5533 Admission:  Free

The restored Assay Room, located at the rear of the Stock Exchange Arcade, was set up under the direction of Mr John Banks, Inspector of Mines of the Charters Towers District from 1950 – 1972.

The room contains equipment of the late 19th and 20th centuries that was used to analyse the quality of the gold contained within the ore brought up from the deep vein mines below and around the City of Charters Towers.

Historic Ambulance Centre
157 Gill Street, Charters Towers – Phone:  (07) 4787 1478

This centre dates back to 1903 and was the first ambulance station outside Brisbane. It covered a huge working area of almost 70,000 square kilometres (approximately the size of Tasmania). Visitors can view a wonderful collection of old vehicles, uniforms and an enormous number of logbooks recording the cases treated by ambulance officers during the past 100 years. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for opening times.

Early Bird – Towers Hill Walk
Early morning is the best time to discover the wildlife living on and around Towers Hill. Pick up your Towers Hill brochure from the Visitor Information Centre and discover why this site has such special significance.

You will see several species of macropods such as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Whiptail and the Allied Rock Wallabies. Watch as the Wedge-tailed Eagles hunt their prey. This is also a favourite exercise track for locals. Look for the gold discovery monument at the base of the Hill.

Follow the road and uncover the stories from the informative storyboards along the way. There’s Jupiters Luck, the Seisomograph Station and Clark’s Gold Mine. Wander through the Landcare rehabilitation project at the base of the Hill to the right.

On arrival at the summit, take time to enjoy the view as Charters Towers awakens. There are picnic tables available for your BYO breakfast.

Get a brochure at the Visitor Information Centre that details all the different trails.

Swimming and Fishing
Head out to the Flat Rock camping reserve which offers two kilometres of frontage onto the Burdekin River, which is an exceptional spot for fishing and swimming.  Another great spot for fishing is at Burdekin Dam which is stocked annually with barramundi.

Great Regional Drives
Discover the true extent of Charters Towers by embarking on one of the five driving trails. These drives are not recommended for caravans. 4WD and high clearance vehicles are recommended.

Get a brochure at the Visitor Information Centre that details all the different trails.