Charleville Travel Guide

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Charleville Things to Do

  • See the Stars

    I absolutely loved my visit to the Cosmos Centre. I never knew that the stars in our skies are so facinating.2 Meade x 200 telescopes probe the distant stars, planets, galaxies and it is so beautiful out here in the outback with very little light to distort or hide views of the stars. A new (larger) telescope is on order).You will have an expert...

  • Visit the Old Armoury Site

    There really isn't anything to see here but stop and read the plaque about the old armouryThe plaque is on Qantas Drive as you are heading to the airport.

  • Go for a swim in Summer

    There are lots of options for swimming in Charleville but you will need transport for all but the local swimming pool.The pool is great and is open from 1st September to 30th April each year, weather permitting.Hours of operation are; Monday: 5.30am to 7.30am, 9.30am to 12 noon, 2.00pm to 5.00pm 5.00pm to 6.00pm (lap swimming only)Tuesday to...

  • Golfing in Charleville

    Charleville Golf Club is open to the public all year.There are 9 sand greens and 9 grass greens. You can hire clubs here.You can play at anytime as an honesty box for green fees is on the course.There is a small air conditioned clubhouse with the usual drinks and a few poker machines. The clubhouse is open: Wed, Thur, Fri 1pm - 7pm Sat. 1pm - 7 pm...

  • Visit a Working Cattle Station

    If you have never been on a working, outback farming property this is one you should visit. Here you will experience life in the bush first hand as you see Thurlby Station. You'll learn why 'Mulga Scrub" those dry, withered bushes and trees you see everywhere are so important to graziers in the area and you'll also see how hard it is for these...

  • School of the Air - A unique experience

    The Charleville School of Distance Education (incorporating Charleville School of the Air) was established in 1966 in conjunction with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) Base. It was the third school of the air established in Queensland.There are about 230 students with 30 teachers taking students from preschool, to year 10. The 'school'covers...

  • Wander the Graham Andrews Parkland

    As well as being home to the amazing "rainmaking guns" and the Timber Walk there is plenty to do for the kids and quite a bit for anyone else.You can wander around the park, there are playgrounds for kids and old engines for them to play on.The parkland really is peaceful with a smal lake, and BBQ and camp oven sites. There are plenty of ducks and...

  • Do the Timber Walk

    At the Graham Andrews Parklands and surrounding the lake is a lovely designated walk which takes you amongst about 18 different species of native Australian Outback Trees ( a couple had died/drowned when I was there!)You can get a written guide from the Visitor Centre but many of the name plates have what the tree is, how it was used by Aboriginal...

  • Stories and Scones

    The historic Corones Hotels conducts tours of the hotel each day. The tour begins with listening to the story of Harry Corones,and tells how he happened to build the Corones Hotel and became such a huge his influence in this small community community. This man did so much for the community - a building I was staying in while in town was named after...

  • Historic House and Museum

    This wonderful building is the former premises of the Queensland National Bank which established a branch in Charleville in 1881. It was purchased by the Charleville and District Historical Society Inc. in 1973 and is the oldest building still on its original site in Alfred Street. "The buildings features white and black marble fire-places, high...

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service

    It's well worth a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base in Charleville.Charleville Base commenced operations in 1943 and still works as a lifesaving facility today - probably even more so as health services in outback communities have been slowly decreasing.The services provided from the base include medical chests, remote consultations,...

  • Another airline & Qantas Story

    Ross and Keith Smith, the first aviators to fly from London to Sydney, landed with mechanical problems at Charlevile in 1919. So began an aviation history in the outback town. Amy Johnson landed at Charleville in 1920, and the first Qantas airmail flight left from Charleville in 1922.The current airport is small but interesting. There are a couple...

  • Charleville Water Towers

    Charleville is in the outback - it is drought country (despite heavy flooding in 2010).There are about five water towers around town and have been very important in maintaining water supplies to the town during major droughts. Take a look, read the history - it is interesting.

  • Try and Make it Rain in the Outback

    The Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns are something you just wouldn't dream of!"In 1902 Queensland was in the grip of a great drought. The desperation to produce rain took a unique turn. Queensland's first Government Meteorologist, Mr Clement L Wragge decided to experiment with Steiger Vortex Guns, developed to break up hail over the vineyards of...

  • Save the Bilby's

    Charleville is the home of the unique Bilby Experience. Bilbies, or rabbit-eared bandicoots, were very common throughout Australia until European settlement. Hunting by dingoes, foxes and feral cats now sees bilby populations only in the isolated arid and semi-arid areas of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. At Charleville you...

  • Scenic Flights

    I waited 4 days for the weather to clear and it just didn't happen so I didn't actually take a scenic flight. BUT, if you are in Charleville, especially after some rain, try and do a flight and see what this part of the outback is really like. I was able to take a short private flight and just loved the views. The rivers were running, the town...

  • Do the Heritage Trail

    There are a couple of Heritage trails in Charleville which are worth doing.The walking trail is a great way to fill in a day. The walk will take you past some wonderful old buildings, the railway station, the court house and many other interesting buildings (a total of 18 sites are on the trail).The driving trail is also well worth a trip. This...


    when we were in Charleville we chose to visit the Flying Doctor centre..This is a great little museum here with so much history of this wonderful service..stop in...see the a movie...make a donation..people that live in isolated outback Australia really KNOW what a great service that this is usually this is the only way to get...


Charleville Restaurants

  • Best Take Away Food in Charleville

    Parkside store has the best take-away food in Charleville - well, that's my opinion. I was here quite a few times after going to the pool or for a walk.Fish, chips, sandwiches they had lots of nice takeaway - not that it was all healthy food though!The store also has a small grocery.

  • Good Country Fare

    It's just a country RSL Club - no better or worse than many you will find in outback Queensland, but I found the people friendly, the drinks very cold and food was good country flavour.Again, it is in the country and meals will finish early, you need to get there early or check what time the kitchen will be open. Steak and chips.

  • Thai in the Outback

    There are not too many places to eat out in Charleville but this restaurant was certainly OK.Take-aways are available.I was surprised with the two meals here that there was a genuine Thai flavour. The Aussie meals looked good too.You can eat inside or out under lovely shady trees. Opening hours are not long though - don't go too late or you find it...


Charleville Transportation

  • How to get to Charleville

    The easiest way, though it is a long drive, is to take your car. That way you get to enjoy the many places worth a stop along the road. You also need a car when you get to Charleville so that you can experience the outback, and perhaps venture on to more outback towns.However there are other ways to arrive:Air: Qantas has freuqent flights....

  • Watch out for the 'roos!

    Be sure that your vehicle is equipped with bull bars, so that if (when) you encounter a live (or freshly dead) 'roo in the middle of the road, you don't wind up making a claim on your auto insurance.Failing that, try to get behind someone who is so equipped -- but still keep a sharp eye out for the jumpy buggers.If you do hit a 'roo, it's just good...

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Charleville Warnings and Dangers

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    by DennyP Updated Sep 29, 2011

    Located in "out back " Queensland this is not really the place to visit in the with all places out this way the summers are extremely hot and can reach temperatures up to the high forties centigrade and travelling in these temperatures can be extremely hazardous..ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE CARRYING AND DRINKING PLENTY OF FRESH WATER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.
    Summertime is also the time of 'The Wet" with tropical rainstorms that can create quick major flooding and road closures..always check with local police or tourist information as to the conditions....
    A good hat and sunglasses is a must also is a good sunscreen. A good time to travel in the outback is APRIL to OCTOBER the end of winter and early spring and also the end autumn and of early winter when the temperatures in the daytime are not extreme although the nights can be cold..

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