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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7 June 2017
Cooly Rocks On is an annual celebration of everything 50s and 60s, bringing the colourful and vibrant beachside towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads together for the ultimate party. More than 50 rock'n'roll and rockabilly bands will perform right beside the beach in parks, on outdoor stages, in the streets, and in pubs, clubs and venues throughout Coolangatta and Tweed.

Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold

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7 October 2017
The Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold is the ultimate ironman challenge held on the Gold Coast. The event is open to the public and consists of a 32.4 kilometre Short Course and a 41.5 kilometre Long Course that can be taken on individually or as a team.
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20 January 2017
Coolangatta’s Beach Volleyball Courts will once again play host to a nationwide event as the U23 Beach Volleyball National Championships hit the Southern Gold Coast. 32 male and 32 female teams will see 128 athletes from Queensland, Australia and New Zealand flock to the region to battle it out on the sand.
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8 April 2017
Join swimmers from all over Australia for the Gold Coast’s premier ocean swim. The Cooly Classic offers competitors a rare opportunity to conquer three of Australia’s most revered surf breaks – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.

Jona Photography Exhibition

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6 February 2017
Jona Photography Exhibition is showcasing the beauty of Australia and it's animals that I've captured through my lens. On the night of the launch I will be displaying canvas and aluminium prints that show the beauty of Australia's coastline, rural scene, Australian animals and even the farm life that we can take for granted.

Swell Sculpture Festival

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8 September 2017
Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the fifteenth Swell Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore over 50 large and small scale works built by distinguished local, national and international artists.
21 September 2017
A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous 'Triumphal March' will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach. Fancy a short break on the Gold Coast? Plan it for September and combine days relaxing with a spectacular outdoor production of Aida on Coolangatta Beach in the evening.
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14 March 2017
Join the world’s best surfers at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast for the opening stop on the WSL World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro. This event features the world’s best male and female surfers as they battle across high-performance waves just metres from the beach.
18 January 2017
Red alert! School Holidays are here again - time to get organised! Popular Workshops with LEGO® are the most awesome holiday activity on the Gold Coast! Themes inspired by Space and Star Wars™, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Minecraft, Pokémon and many more!

Australian Open - Bowls

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10 June 2017
After a two sensational events, the World's Biggest Bowls Festival will again hit the sunny Gold Coast in 2017. Last year's event saw the introduction of a number of new ini stoves, which are set to return in 2017, including:
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