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.
Mitchell Hwy; (07) 4654 7771
Nearby national parks
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:
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
Wyandra Camping Reserve 97 kmThis 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
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What's on around town
Bilby Festival: food, music and celebration of National Bilby Day; Sept.
Charleville Cup Festival: 4-day horse racing carnival; Nov.