While you're in town, make sure that you visit the Miner's Cottage, Zara Clark Museum and/or the Assay Mining Museum, and learn about the mines that were under the town's streets during the gold rush. You can even have a go at panning for gold, yourself! In the evening, you can watch "Ghosts After Dark", a film presentation that's played each night at Towers Hill. The film is about the gold rush era and the people who played the most prominent roles in the town. Get there just before sunset and you can admire the views at the lookout and amphitheatre.. Continue your Charters Towers history lesson by visiting Centenary Park. Hugh Anderson sculpted the unique collection of statues that make up the Gold Discovery Monument in the park. There are plenty of picnic tables and gas barbeques that you can use while you admire the sculptures. Another important piece of Charters Towers' heritage is Lissner Park, which has been open since 1883. At the park, there's a big rotunda, a playground, a duck pond, picnic tables and gas barbeques. Another way to recapture nostalgia in Charters Towers is to catch a movie at one of Queensland's oldest drive-ins. Tors Drive-in has been open since 1966, shows recent release blockbusters and also has a great candy bar.
Charters Towers is definitely a country town. Get a feel for local rural life by having a drink at the Civic Club. This bar is more than 100 years old and houses lots of memorabilia from the olden days. Afterwards, go on one of the Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris, where you'll ride in a horse drawn canvas-topped carriage and check out the herd of Texas Longhorn cattle. You'll be amazed by the length of JR's horns – he's a Guinness World Record holder, with horns that measure 2.82 metres from tip to tip! Something else that will amaze you in Charters Towers is the Dalrymple Sales Yards, where you can experience a real livestock auction on Wednesday mornings.
Townsville Airport is about 90km away. There are coach buses that run daily between Townsville and Charters Towers, but the train only runs twice a week. Needless to say, if you want some independence and you're planning on visiting some of the surrounding regions, you're better off hiring a car at the airport. Book your cheap flights to Townsville and, if you'd like to stay a night or two in Townsville, you can stay in one of these Townsville hotels. Once you've got your hire car, you can also take the 170km drive to Ayr, which is famous for its sugar cane and mangoes.
So for an exciting holiday in rural Queensland, book your Charters Towers accommodation now. Don't forget to book your flights too!
Hotels in Charters Towers start at AU$70 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.