Charleville is in the heart of Queensland's 'mulga country'.
Charleville is in the heart of Queensland’s ‘mulga country’. The mulga country of Queensland’s outback is rich in history, flora and fauna. It is the largest town in the south west of the Outback region. The Government surveyor of the day, Mr WA Tully named the town after the area in Ireland where he had lived.
In March 1888, rail transport reached the town. This railway provided a direct link with the state capital, Brisbane. This line still operates passenger services twice a week to Charleville on board Queensland Rail’s Westlander.
Cobb and Co, the famous coach company, based their largest coach making factory in Australia in the township of Charleville in 1890. The factory was moved to Charleville because the wood used in coaches made in factories closer to the coast would split and crack in the dry, dusty conditions of Western Queensland. On the subject of transport, Qantas scheduled its first fare paying passenger service from Charleville to Cloncurry, via Longreach and Winton, back in 1922.
Visit Charleville with Outback Aussie Tours:
- Corner Country Explorer: 2022 14-15 Day Tour. Journey to the spectacular Channel Country and discover fascinating and remote Outback communities with legendary outback characters. Retrace the last days of Burke and Wills and explore majestic desert landscapes on this fully inclusive memorable tour. The Corner Country Explorer departs Brisbane and visits Roma, Charleville, Thargomindah, Tibooburra, Innamincka, Birdsville, Windorah and Longreach.
Featured attractions in Charleville:
- Charleville Heritage Audio Trail: Hear the history of Charleville by those who know it best – the locals! The trail comes complete with an audio CD and map. Available from the Charleville Visitor Information Centre.
- Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory: The stars almost touch the end of your nose at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory. On a clear night, viewing the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through the powerful Meade telescopes and unaffected by the lights and pollution which cover the stars in city areas, gives visitors a spectacular night time experience. Unforgettable night and day time activities available.
- Bilby Experience: Learn all about this endangered marsupial, the challenges our wildlife are facing and how they are fighting to save them. Save the Bilby Fund offers unique experiences to meet bilbies and learn about their conservation, life history and adaptations to life in the arid outback.
- Charleville Historic House Museum: Filled to the brim with treasures of yesteryear, some dating back as far as the 1800’s, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find so it’s well worth your time to take a look.
- Charleville School of Distance Education: Take a tour to experience the unique Distance Education way of schooling.
- Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre: Provides an incredible insight into this iconic outback service which is still being delivered to the people of the outback by the Flying Doctor.
- Kangaroos, emus, birds of prey and a wondrous variety of Australian native wildlife thrive in the area.
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Journey to the spectacular Channel Country and discover fascinating and remote Outback communities with legendary outback characters. Retrace the last days of Burke and Wills, visit the historic Dig Tree, toast the sunset overlooking the Simpson Desert and much more......