Look out for the ‘Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles’ signage on your next trip and rest easy knowing that your destination is equipped to welcome you and your caravan, camper trailer, motorhome or campervan. This month we are profiling Charters Towers.
These towns have made a commitment to offer easily accessible long vehicle short term parking within the town centre and have clear directional signage to their local visitor information centre.
During the Gold Rush, Charters Towers become the second largest town in Queensland. It was renowned for having everything a civilised person could want and as a result nicknamed “The World”.
Visiting Charters Towers today you can still see the history of this town with colonial architecture through a number of heritage buildings including the heritage listed Stock Exchange Arcade, the World Theatre, City Hall and the Post Office Tower.
The gold rush for this town kicked off when, in 1871, Aboriginal horse boy, Jupiter Mosman, found gold. With this find came over 65 hotels and more than 25,000 people all hoping to make their fortune. If you visit the Charters Towers cemetery keep your eyes peeled for the resting place of Jupiter Mosman.
There is plenty to see and do in Charters Towers and the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre will be able to provide you with all the information you need to make your visit to the area memorable.
Some of the attractions in the region include the Towers Hill lookout which will give you a memorable view of a vast outback landscape, the Venus Gold Battery which is the largest surviving Battery relic in Australia and the iconic drive-in cinema where you can enjoy movies under the stars.
If you are hoping to strike it rich, why not try panning for gold at the Miners Cottage.
There are a number of historical tours and trails in Charters Towers including the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail, the Early Bird – Towers Hill Walk, and the Centenary of Federation Heritage Sculpture Trail. You can also hire or purchase your own audio driving tour CD and map which will allow you to discover the hidden treasures of Charters Powers at your own pace.
Charters Towers also offers the opportunity to experience the Outback with Cattle Sales at the Dalrymple Saleyards, and the Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safari, where you can sample damper and billy tea and meet JR, the 2013 Guinness World Record holder for the bull with the longest horns.
It is always worth checking the calendar before you plan your trip, as Charters Towers is home to some fantastic events each year. The Goldfield Ashes attracts around 250 cricket teams for the largest amateur cricket competition in the southern hemisphere. The town is also home to rodeos and campdraft, motor shows, inland fishing competitions, music festivals, off-road racing, sporting festivals, weekly markets and so much more!
For more information, please visit the Community Welcomes website.