charleville

Business Directory and Tourist Guide

WELCOME TO CHARLEVILLE

CLIMATE: Semi-Arid Climate Zone, our temperatures run similar to those of a desert.
Summer Temperatures produce dry, hot days with little or no humidity. Warm nights. Average temperatures range from 20 to 38 degrees Celsius. [Note: Temperatures can exceed 40 degrees].
Winter temperatures produce mild and sunny days with frosty nights. Temperatures range from 4 to 22 degrees Celsius. [Note: Overnight Temperatures can slip below 0]

RAINFALL: Average rainfall is approximately 500mm per annum. Falling mainly during the summer months.

WATER IN THE WEST: Charleville is fortunate to be situated on the Great Artesian Basin. This ensures a constant and reliable supply of bore water. Five artesian bores provide town with over 4.5million litres of water per day. The depth of the bores range between 417 to 1109 metres.

INDUSTRY: The major industries of Charleville include the production of Cattle and Sheep, the harvesting and processing of goats and kangaroos, health and tourism. Charleville is the largest town in South West Queensland and is a service centre for a vast area of the outback.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN & OUT OF CHARLEVILLE

Daily:
AIR: Qantaslink Airlines
ROAD: Greyhound Australia (2 services)

Twice Weekly:
AIR: Skytrans Airlines
RAIL: Westlander

For further information on public transport contact Western Travel Service 07 4654 1260.

WITHIN CHARLEVILLE

Charleville Taxis [24 hours] – 07 4654 1435

CHARTER COMPANIES:
Eckels Bus Charters: 07 4654 1053
South West Air Service: 07 4654 3033


 

more to do than you can imagine

CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE - 07 4654 7771
ONE GREAT CENTRE – FOUR GREAT ASTRONOMICAL EXPERIENCES


COSMOS OBSERVATORY – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. BE AMAZED – VISIT OUR OBSERVATORY.
Discover stars, planets and the Moon, through powerful telescopes.

ASTRONOMY BY DAY – Hold a shooting star in your hand, learn what happened to Pluto,
Interactive displays and more.

SUN VIEWING – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: See our sun through a filtered telescope.
It’s nothing like you imagined.

INTRODUCTION TO THE NIGHT SKY – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. With your guide, learn how the
sky works and how to use the bright stars to navigate the night sky. [NOTE: Telescopes are not used
in this presentation].

BILBY EXPERIENCE:
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 07 4654 7771 [April to October only]
See a Bilby and learn more about their survival.

BILBY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 07 4654 7771 [April to October only]
Experience a very close and intimate encounter with a viewing of the Bilby.

BROLGAS, BUSTARDS & BEAUT BIRDS STATION TOUR:
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 07 4654 7771
Personally guided by property owner Kevin, this tour is more than just birds; also learn of innovative outback farming practices.

THURLBY STATION TOUR: BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 07 4654 7771
Meet the people on the land and gain a better understanding of their lifestyle.

CHECK OUT CHARLEVILLE ‘HERITAGE, FLOOD & FIRE’ BUS TOUR:
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 07 4654 7771
Two hours of Charleville History and explanations of the long and varied flood and fire history.

GRAHAM ANDREWS PARKLANDS.
A park with more than meets the eye. In addition to the normal features of a park, the Outback Native Timber Walk and infamous Vortex Rainmaking Guns call this park home.

COUNTRY RACE MEETINGS: 5 MEETS PER YEAR
Country race meets are always alive with atmosphere and fun.

CHARLEVILLE SCENIC FLIGHTS: BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 07 4654 3033
It only takes a little over two hours to fly to Brisbane….imagine what you would see of this ever-changing countryside during a 20min scenic flight over Charleville. Extended flights to Birdsville also available.

HISTORIC HOTEL CORONES ‘STORIES & SCONES’ TOUR:
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 07 4654 7771
Circa 1929: A tour of this hotel will not only show some beautiful architecture, but also shares the amazing entrepreneur stories of the man behind the Hotel [he made Australian history numerous times]. Tour also includes tales of famous guests and afternoon Devonshire Tea.

HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM
Built in 1888, Historic House is a fine example of early Queensland architecture. Originally built as Charleville’s National Bank the museum is filled with items from yesteryear. On show in the grounds are a great display of past measures of transportation. Including a Denis Fire Engine, Rail Ambulance and Cobb & Co Coach.

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR VISITOR CENTRE
Discover the history of this invaluable medical service to the people of the Outback. The centre displays a collection of past and present medical supplies & equipment.

SCHOOL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION - 9.30AM QLD SCHOOL DAYS ONLY.
Imagine if you only got to see your classmates only a handful of times each year and your classroom was
420 000 sq km. This is everyday life of the children in the bush. This tour will give you a first hand look at how these children receive their education.

WORLD WAR II AMERICAN AIR BASE CONVOY TOUR:
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 07 4654 7771
2013 GOLD WINNER - National Trust Governors Heritage Awards.
Just what were the Americans doing in Charleville in 1942? Join the guided Convoy Tour of Charleville’s wartime history and discover the secret the American’s were hiding at this airbase. A story not to be missed.

AUDIO HERITAGE TRAIL – ONE TRAIL 47 DIFFERENT PIECES OF CHARLEVILLE HISTORY.
Hear Charleville’s history by those who know it best ‘the Locals’. Narrated to you in Audio format hear the many different stories that make up Charleville’s history. CD available for purchase from the Charleville Visitor Information Centre.

VORTEX RAINMAKING GUN
A unique experiment to produce rain in the great drought 1902. Situated in the Graham Andrews Parklands the Guns are on display for all to enjoy with storyboard explaining the experiment.

OUTBACK NATIVE TIMBER WALK
Surrounding the lake in Graham Andrews Parklands, this short walk will help you to identify 18 species of Outback Native Tree. Written guide is available from the Charleville Visitor Information Centre.

CAMP OVEN DINNERS [Seasonal – Please enquire with the Visitor Centre for Operating Periods]
Sit around the campfire amongst friends as you enjoy a fair dinkum Camp Oven Dinner.

YABBY RACES [APRIL TO SEPTEMBER ONLY]
Although not known for their sprinting abilities, Yabby Races are still a lot of fun. Proceeds donated to charity.

FISHING
Fishing is a great activity for all the family to enjoy [including the dog]. There are some great fishing spots in the Charleville area. Map including directions is available from the Charleville Visitor Information Centre.

Explore a little further into our Shire [Murweh].
There are some great things to see and experience.

Augathella is 82km north of Charleville, on the way to Longreach.

AUGATHELLA MEAT ANT SCULPTURE AND PARK:
Set in lovely landscaped gardens, a feature of this park is the gigantic Meat Ant sculpture [over a trillion times the size of an actual ant]. Also located in the park are storyboards loaded up with Augathella history and the Augathella Library & Visitor Information Centre.

METAL SCULPTURES: Whimsical metal sculptures along the main street.

MURALS: Great community murals celebrating the history of Augathella and life in the bush.

BOADICEA GALLERY & CINEMA: Experience the rich history of Augathella and surrounding area through a photographic exhibition [featuring over 150 photo’s], a screening of the 1956 Australian film, Smiley [based on a local Augathella identity], a 20 min documentary featuring local characters, history and lots of outback humour and art exhibitions.

DIGGERS RODEO & RACES: Held at Easter each year, hundreds of people return to the west to enjoy this great country event.

Morven is 89km east of Charleville on the way to Roma and Brisbane.

MORVEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
This museum may be small but don’t let that fool you. It’s filled with many treasures. See Morven in the early days, miniature style, through the miniature pioneer building display. Gain a better understanding on how tough things must have been during the great depression of the 1940’s with a viewing of the little hut made from flattened kerosene tins. Also on display are many items of memorabilia from days gone by.

TREGOLE NATIONAL PARK: 10km sound of Morven this park features a forest of the rainforest originated tree the Ooline.

4x4 STOCK ROUTE TRAIL: Follows the footsteps of the great cattle drives.

COOLADDI is 88km west of Charleville on the way to Quilpie.

On the way to the Quilpie Opal fields you will pass through the township of Cooladdi. With a population of less than 10, Cooladdi is one of Queensland smallest towns. Call into the roadhouse and say G’day, chances are you will meet everyone while you’re there.

ANNUAL GYMKHANA: The population swells to several hundred for this great event; why not join them.

FISHING: Great bush camping and fishing on Quilberry Creek.

For these or more fun activities to see and do while visiting Charleville call into the
Charleville Visitor Information Centre and ask the friendly helpful staff.

Ph: 07 4654 7771
E: [email protected] www.murweh.qld.gov.au/visitor-information-centre

charleville visitor information Centre

Cosmos Centre
Qantas Drive
Charleville QLD 4470