If you enjoy history, you will find the town of Charters Towers enchanting. After gold was discovered in 1872, it became a booming gold rush town in the 1880s with 65 hotels and over 25,000 inhabitants. Today you can still see evidence of those early days with many museums, tours and country style shops showcasing the history of that past era.
Get out on foot early in the morning before the heat rises and take in the examples of great colonial architecture in the main streets and also look for some of the tiny miner's cottages that still survive. The cemetery was established in 1895 and includes the grave of the man who discovered gold, Jupiter Mosman. Visit an old miner's cottage and try panning for gold or sample damper and billy tea at an outback Longhorn cattle ranch.
Located on the Flinders Highway/Overlanders Way 130 kilometres south-west of Townsville, you can spend a few days exploring the area and staying in iconic pubs, caravan parks, motels and farm retreats. Held at the end of April, 10 Days in the Towers is a festival that celebrates the regions heritage and culture and culminates with the Charters Towers Country Music Festival.
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