Charters Towers offers the very best of country living with wide open spaces and heritage streetscapes
The Best of Country Living
Located just an hour and a half west of Townsville, the outback town of Charters is home to a close-knit rural community and mining workforce with superb educational facilities that service many outback towns.
Charters Towers quickly grew to become the second largest town in Queensland after a chance discovery of gold in 1871. Prospectors rushed to the town and discovered over 200 tonnes of gold over the next 36 years. You won’t find hordes of prospectors looking to find their fortune in the gold fields today, so the pace is much more relaxing. The magnificent heritage buildings remain in the heart of the town and are a standing reminder of its memorable Australian gold-mining history and heritage.
The town is a living tribute to the history of western Queensland with much of the town centre housed in magnificent heritage buildings and the beautifully preserved buildings throughout the town echo back to the heydays of the gold rush days. Turning 150 this year Charters Towers has stood the test of time, offering residents and visitors a close-knit rural community.
Boasting many out of the way fishing spots, water holes and secluded campsites the Charters Towers region is the ideal place to explore outback Australia.
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Education & Training
- 7 registered early childhood education and care facilities including 3 long day care services
- 12 schools including primary, secondary, independent, catholic and public schools
- TAFE Charters Towers utilises the facilities at the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre, a state-of-the-art trade facility located 10 minutes north of the town centre. Available study areas include automotive, community services, early childhood education and care, general education and training, and tourism and events
- 4 aged care services with 181 operational places
- 1 hospital - The Charters Towers Health Service is a 23-bed facility located in Charters Towers offering a variety of services including accident and emergency care. General in-patient medical, surgical and paediatric services.
- Jobs 4,381
- Unemployment 3.7%
- Registered businesses 1,147
- Median total family income in Charters Towers is $90,168
The largest surviving battery in Australia
An interactive museum overflowing with local history and stories
One of the last horse drawn wagon ride experiences in Australia and the original Texas Longhorn Safari
Augmented experience packed with nature, history and breathtaking views over the City
Popular spots on the Burdekin include, the Macrossan Bridge, Dave Chapman Recreational Park, Burdekin Falls Dam or the Burdekin Weir Park
One of the oldest drive-in theatres in Queensland that has been open continuously since 1966
Townsville Airport is approximately an hour and 35-minute drive from the centre of Charters Towers via Flinders Highway, and about 2hr 42 mins from Greenvale via Hervey Range Road.
Charters Tower Airport is a non-controlled Airport (no tower) and has two runways, one sealed and one unsealed. The region also has airstrips at Greenvale, Pentland, Ravenswood, Breddan and Hervey Range
Charters Towers is served by the Queensland Rail Inlander Route from Townsville to Mt Isa with twice weekly return services from Charter Towers Railway Station.
From Townsville passengers can also enjoy services from the Spirit of Queensland which is a Brisbane – Cairns service running 5 return trips per week from Townsville Railway Station on Flinders St in the City.
Charters Towers is accessible via main roads Flinders Highway, Hervey Range Road and Gregory Development Road.
- Charters Towers to Townsville: 136km east via Flinders Highway
- Charters Towers to Mt Isa: 769km west via Flinders Highway
- Charters Towers to Ingham: 246km north east via Gregory Development Road and Bruce Highway
- Charters Towers to Greenvale: 205km north via Gregory Development Road
- Charters Towers to Winton: 463km southwest via Flinders Highway and State Route 62
- Charters Towers to Ayr: 165km east via Flinders Highway
- Charters Towers to Cairns: 481km north east via Flinders Highway and Bruce Highway
Meet some of our friendly locals who live and work in North Queensland. Hear and see what they love about the region.