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Charleville

Immortalised in Slim Dusty's song by the same name, Charleville is the largest town in Queensland's south west and is a hub for visitors and pastoralists alike. In the heart of 'mulga country', Charleville and surrounding pastoral properties are rich in history, flora and fauna. Meander along the Charleville Heritage Trail to see some impressive examples of pioneer architecture and learn about the history of the town. The Save the Bilby Fund, at the National Parks Research Station, is worth a visit for an up close and personal experience with Australia's most famous endangered marsupial.

Speaking of up close and personal, the Cosmos Centre provides an intimate look at our night sky, and with the outback's low residual light, there's no better place to do so. If you time your visit with the Charleville Campdraft, one of the region's largest, you'll be able to see skillful demonstrations of timeless bush horse skills as riders and their horses work together to guide cattle through a timed course. Charleville also holds a rodeo, where cowboys and girls conquer their fears to ride wild and powerful beasts.

Gazetted in 1868, Charleville was named after a town in Ireland where the government surveyor of the day once lived. Rail transport from Brisbane reached the town in 1888 and is still in use as a passenger line today.

Cobb and Co, the famous coach company, based their largest coach making factory in Australia in the township of Charleville in 1890. The factory was moved to Charleville because the wood used in coaches made in factories closer to the coast would split and crack in the dry, dusty conditions of Western Queensland. On the subject of transport, Qantas scheduled its first fare paying passenger service from Charleville to Cloncurry, via Longreach and Winton, back in 1922.

Charleville is home to south west Queensland's largest Royal Flying Doctor Service base that serves remote communities as far afield as Birdsville, 900 kilometres to the west.

Charleville
Charleville, Murweh Area
Queensland
Australia

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Julia Creek Dirt n Dust

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7 April 2017
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.
From AU$40 - 500.00
11 August 2017
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. 3 days of non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wresting, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

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27 October 2017
In 2017 the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.

Drover's Camp Festival

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25 August 2017
The Drovers Camp Festival is a unique outback flavoured festival. Come to yarn with the old drovers and hear their amazing stories. A fun-filled weekend. Friday opens with a riotous street parade including humorous floats, musicians, horses and coaches culminating in a fun-filled, lively night full of entertainment.
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30 June 2017
The Cloncurry Shire is rich in gold, copper, garnets, amethyst, crystals, Maltese crosses as well as collection of other minor minerals that can be sourced in the region; and at the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival you will see them all on display.

Curry Merry Muster Festival

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3 August 2017
Since 1954 the 'Curry Merry Muster' has provided Cloncurry and the surrounding region with all the thrills and spills of rodeo, brimming with community spirit. Today the event has grown to a festival boasting a pro-rodeo renowned as Australia's highest single payout professional rodeo.
27 May 2017
Clay Target Shooting (Trap -DTL) is a two day annual Shoot held in May each year. This two day Trap Shoot is conducted by the Normanton Gun Club who is affiliated with the Australian Clay Target Association, providing Trap Shooting Competition with meals/drinks and Saturday night entertainment for all.
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7 April 2017
In 2017 the Karumba Community Anglers Classic the categories of Barramundi, King Salmon and Grunter will be 'Catch and Release' only again whilst the remaining categories of King Salmon, Blue Salmon, Queen, Jew etc will remain as weigh in as in previous years.
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13 July 2017
The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia. The Curry Challenge is an elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from all states in to a fierce and thrilling competition.

Saxby Round-Up

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30 June 2017
An iconic weekend of rodeo, campdraft and gymkhana action approximately 200 kilometres north of Julia Creek. Free camping and entertainment. Bar and catering facilities. Typically the last weekend in June every year for the last 53 years.
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