Once a boom town in the 1860s, today Ravenswood is home to a modest population and a range of historic buildings and ruins that recall the region’s goldmining past. Queensland’s first major inland settlement, the area reached its peak at the turn of the century when mine manager Archibald Lawrence Wilson, ‘the uncrowned king of Ravenswood’, attracted investors and workers to the region to extract more than 12 000 kilograms of gold. Ravenswood is a National Trust–certified town, and a stroll down Main Street will take you past the stately Imperial Hotel to the ruins of the Mabel Mill.
74 Mosman St, Charters Towers; (07) 4761 5533
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Historic buildings Many have been restored or are still in use. The town was once home to more than 30 pubs, and the Imperial Hotel (c. 1902) is a beautiful Edwardian building and one of 2 bars that remain in use. Clad in multicolour brickwork, entry to the pub's lavish interior is via swinging saloon doors. The ruins of the Mabel Mill are an impressive monument to the mining past of this town, as are chimney stacks, which can be seen south of the town centre. The Railway Hotel has recently been restored and the historical school building, built in the 1870s, is still in use. Regular tours of the area are run by the local Heritage Cottage.
Courthouse Museum: displays on the town's history, people and mining industry; 10am–3pm Wed–Mon; (07) 4770 2047.
White Blow Environmental Park This park is well known locally for its milky quartz outcrop, which gives White Blow its name. There is also an attractive open-woodland forest; 5 km NE.
Campsites around town
Burdekin Falls Dam Caravan Park 66 km
Well stocked with barramundi for excellent fishing, Burdekin Falls Dam on Lake Dalrymple is 120 km south of Mingela on the Flinders Hwy, with signposted access via Ravenswood Rd. The caravan park has good facilities and... Find out more
Alligator Creek camping area 80 km
Just 600 m from the main access gate, near the day-use picnic area, this site is a great base to explore around the creek area, hike along the Alligator Falls track, or go fishing – all the while keeping an eye out... Find out more
Magnetic Gateway Holiday Village 87 km
Situated on the Bruce Hwy at Cluden, just 8 km from Townsville, this tourist park has plenty of shady tent sites and an excellent range of facilities. Visitors can enjoy the swimming pool, spa, TV room and book exchange,... Find out more
Burdekin River camping area (bush camping) 89 km
Camp on the banks of the Burdekin River here, just 700 m from the entrance to the park. This site suits self-sufficient campers only; there are no facilities. Open fires are prohibited and generators are not permitted.... Find out more
Fletcher Creek Camping Reserve 91 km
This camping reserve is beside Fletcher Creek, 45 km north of Charters Towers near the entrance to Dalrymple National Park; access is via Gregory Developmental Rd from the Flinders Hwy. The Charters Towers region is... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Aussie Outback Oasis Cabin and Van Village 64 km
This owner-operated park is located on the eastern side of town and has excellent facilities in a bush setting. It is only a few years old and has developed well. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
Dalrymple Tourist Van Park 66 km
Situated around 2 km north of the city, this is a well-established park with good facilities. It makes a good base for exploring this historic mining town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
BIG4 Ayr Silver Link Caravan Village 80 km
Easily accessible from the highway, this park is in a quiet, off-the-road position not far from the main shopping area. It has good facilities, and sites under numerous mango trees. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
Magnetic Gateway Holiday Village 87 km
This park is alongside the Bruce Highway on the southern approaches to Townsville. Access is a little complicated but worthwhile (follow the blue caravan signs). The park is well laid out and has good facilities.... Find out more
BIG4 Walkabout Palms Holiday Park 87 km
This is a good quality park with extensive facilities. Easy to find, it is adjacent to the roadhouse near the junction of the Bruce and Flinders Highways. There are a couple of dining opportunities within walking... Find out more
Rowes Bay Caravan Park 96 km
This good-quality, owner-operated park is in a quiet off-highway location on the waterfront, ideal for a longer stay.... Find out more
BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park 98 km
This is a spacious park located about 15 km north of the city alongside the Bruce Highway. We find it a convenient friendly place to stop, and often stay here overnight. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
Rest areas around town
Home Hill rest area 73 km
At Home Hill
Near the tourist information centre on Eighth Ave (west of the main street).
Alligator Creek camping area 74 km
T/O 64km N of Ayr (L) or 23km S of Townsville (R)
Small secluded camping area located 6km west of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Bowling Green Bay National Park. Permit required.
Sandy Corner rest area 75 km
8km N of Ayr (L) or 79km S of Townsville (R)
Just off the highway among a few trees.
Plantation Creek park area 78 km
Shady area just off the highway. On the south side of town.