Population 3728

Charleville is in the heart of mulga country on the banks of the Warrego River and at the centre of a rich sheep and cattle district. By the late 1890s the town had its own brewery, ten hotels and 500 registered bullock teams. Cobb & Co. recognised the value of Charleville's location on a major stock route and opened a coach-building factory in 1893. It also has strong links with aviation: the first London–Sydney flight landed here in 1919, Qantas' first fare-paying service took off in 1922 and record-setting aviator Amy Johnson landed nearby in 1930. Charleville marks the terminus of the Westlander rail service from Brisbane.

Visitor Information

Mitchell Hwy; (07) 4654 7771

Nearby national parks

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  • Idalia National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Mitchell

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  • Cunnamulla

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In Town

Cosmos Centre This centre explores the Australian night sky and its significance to Aboriginal culture. There are multimedia displays, nightly shows and interactive areas where the wonders of the sky are observed through powerful Meade Telescopes. The outback night sky has never looked so beautiful; Matilda Hwy; (07) 4654 7771.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre: museum displaying memorabilia from the past and present. View the documentary entitled A Day in the Life of the Flying Doctor; Old Cunnamulla Rd.

Historic House Museum: a wonderful example of early Queensland architecture. Machinery displays including steam engine and a rail ambulance in restored Qld National Bank building; open 9am–3pm Mon–Fri, 9am–12pm Sat, other times by appt; Alfred St.

Vortex Gun: in 1902 this 5 m long gun was used in an unsuccessful rain-making experiment; Bicentennial Park, Matilda Hwy.

Heritage trail: self-guided walk past heritage buildings; brochure from visitor centre.

Bilby Tours: one of Australia's most rare and endangered animals, bilbies are captively bred in Charleville. Get up-close and personal with these marsupials on the night tour; details from visitor centre.


Tregole National Park This semi-arid national park has a vulnerable and fragile ecosystem. It is largely made up of ooline forest – rainforest species dating back to the Ice Age. Follow the 2.1 km circuit track to see the diverse vegetation and spectacular birds of the park. (07) 4654 1255; 99 km E via Morven.

Monument: marks the spot where Ross and Keith Smith landed with engine trouble on the first London–Sydney flight; 19 km NW.

Campsites around town

Ward River camping area (bush camping) 15 km

The Ward River bush camping area is on the east side of the river on Quilpie Rd, about 20 km west of Charleville. Visitors must be totally self-sufficient; there no amenities block and no powered sites. To get here,... Find out more

Wyandra Camping Reserve 97 km

This basic campground for self-sufficient campers is set behind the school in Wyandra, off Moody St. Wyandra is off the Mitchell Hwy, around 100 km north of Cunnamulla and 90 km south of Charleville.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bailey Bar Caravan Park 1 km

We regularly stay at this very good owneroperated park. Set in a quiet, off-highway location about 1.5 km from the town centre, the park has great lawns, clean amenities and good facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Evening Star Tourist Park

Situated some 9 kilometres from town, this relatively new (March 2008) camping park with generously proportioned, grassy sites, with and without power, is located on a working cattle station, Thurlby. It’s pet... Find out more

Hotel Corones

This wonderful hotel brings the history of outback wealth and society of earlier days alive. In fact it’s so fascinating you can take a two-hour tour. The hotel was built between 1924 and 1929, and was owned and... Find out more

Mulga Country Motor Inn

A very comfortable place to stay 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Charleville, the Mulga Country Motor Inn is an ideal stop in an area where outback adventuring can mean less than grand accommodation. Set in beautiful... Find out more

Waltzing Matilda Motor Inn

Recently refurbished units make this a comfortable place to stay, close to the centre of town. The owners will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, train or bus, and they welcome short- or long-stay guests. There... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Augathella camping area 76 km

At Augathella

Well off the highway (via Main St) and opposite the Ellengowan Hotel.

Morven park area 87 km

At Morven

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town near the museum.

Wyandra rest area 97 km

At Wyandra

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

What's on around town

Show: May.

Bilby Festival: food, music and celebration of National Bilby Day; Sept.

Charleville Cup Festival: 4-day horse racing carnival; Nov.

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