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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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29 April 2017
Celebrate 21 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo with three days of clean country family fun in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the Expo is now recognized as one of the best wood shows in Australia.
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15 April 2017
Come and enjoy the Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, showcasing the unique range of the Mary Valley's finest foods, liqueurs and wines. There will be a great variety of food stalls, gourmet cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings all day.

Big Pineapple Music Festival

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27 May 2017
The hottest music event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast is back! This May 27, Big Pineapple Music Festival will transform the lush hills of Woombye Queensland into the ultimate party playground, playing host to some of the biggest and best names in Australian music.

Gympie Music Muster

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24 August 2017
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia's favourite outdoor country music and camping festival. Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other.

Australian Body Art Festival

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8 April 2017
Australia's premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Carnivale is free for spectators and attracts great crowds keen to watch artists at work using human bodies as their canvas. The body art at this event is amazing with three styles on display as well as face painting.

Retro Rocks Nambour

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30 September 2017
Retro Rocks Nambour is an annual fun, free event in and around the streets of Nambour incorporating custom culture, fifties nostalgia and rockabilly. Firstly there are the cars. Start with the Twilight Cruise to the coast and back on the Friday night, then check out the fabulous vintage cars, bikes and caravans Show and Shine on Saturday.

Jungle Love Festival

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30 November 2017
A boutique music festival that celebrates up and coming local musicians, artists and art workers. They follow a different model to most other festivals whereby they closely curate the entire program and add in different acts that they know most people are unaware of but will thoroughly enjoy, creating an element of surprise.
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21 April 2017
The South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo is one of the region’s largest events, showcasing the latest in caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, boating, vehicles, auto and 4x4 accessories, camping gear and outdoor accessories.

Mary Valley Art Festival

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29 June 2017
The Mary Valley Art Festival is held on the first weekend each July in Imbil, Mary Valley Country, and showcases entries from talented artists throughout South-East Queensland in a competition offering more than AUD6,000 in prize money.
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15 September 2017
A unique boutique music and camping event designed to get you out of town and take you on an adventure that connects you with friends, music and like minded people in an intimate and inspirational setting.
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