Places of interest
Hire or purchase your own audio driving tour CD and map, and discover the hidden treasures of Charters Towers at your own pace. Keep it for an hour or a week and visit historic sites you would not find on your own, while listening to the excellent commentary as you drive. Available from the Visitor Information Centre.
Early morning is the best time to discover the wildlife living on and around Towers Hill. Pick up your Towers Hill brochure from the Visitor Information Centre and discover why this site has such special significance. You will see several species of macropods such as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Whiptail and the Allied Rock Wallabies. Watch as the Wedge-tailed Eagles hunt their prey. This is also a favourite exercise track for locals. Look for the gold discovery monument at the base of the Hill.
Follow the road and uncover the stories from the informative storyboards along the way. There's Jupiters Luck, the Seisomograph Station and Clark's Gold Mine. Wander through the Landcare rehabilitation project at the base of the Hill to the right. Discover the WWII bunkers, there are 30 of them in total. It is a short walk to a restored bunker which is sign-posted half way up the Hill on the right. On arrival at the summit, take time to enjoy the view as Charters Towers awakens. There are picnic tables available for your BYO breakfast. Another track at the summit leads off to the ruins of the Pyrites Works.
Experience the thrill of livestock going under the hammer. Cattle sales are held every Wednesday (dependent upon numbers) at the Dalrymple Saleyards. Beef sold from the Saleyards is sourced from over 250 commercial properties with a Regiona herd of 600,000 head of cattle.
The Saleyards sells over 100,000 head per annum of store and prime cattle, and hosts North Queensland's premier bull and horse sales.
Charters Towers offers a unique shopping experience where bargain hunters can find a special or two or uncover a hidden treasure amongs the arts and crafts shops, antique and secondhand stores. The shopping strip is special too as it is still a country experience with many locally owned shops providing good old country service with a smile.
Located in the Stock Exchange Arcade, the gallery holds regular exhibitions displaying items created by exceptionally talented local and regional artists. Check at the Visitor Information Centre for the dates of the next exhibition.
The Pioneer Cemetery contains graves of those buried from 1872 - 1895, and gives insight into the hardships our pioneers faced during the goldfield days. Cemetery records for both cemeteries are available for viewing at the Visitor Information Centre.
Just 15 minutes east of Charters Towers on the Flinders Highway. Take a moment to pull over and check out the flood water heights of the mighty Burdekin River. You will be amazed.
Discover some of Charters Towers' local works of art at various places around town. By far the largest mural is visible at the Arthur Titley Centre, but you can explore others at the Civic Club, Centenary Park, Healthy Treats and the Westpac Bank.
Discover some of our City's characters - Zelia Alexander, Annie Bags and Francis Powell - through sculpture and follow the trail made possible by some very talented local artists. In all, 18 sculptures were created and you can view them across nine venues around town. Pick up your brochure at the Visitor Information Centre.
The photographic display is in the foyer of City Hall and is open for viewing during Council business hours. This exhibit captures the activities that took place at the Charters Towers Aerodrome and the Bredden Airstrip during WWII.
The restored Assay Room, located at the rear of the Stock Exchange Arcade, was set up under the direction of Mr John Banks, Inspector of Mines of the Charters Towers District from 1950 - 1972. The room contains equipment of the late 19th and 20th centuries that was used to analyse the quality of the gold contained within the ore brought up from the deep vein mines below and around the City of Charters Towers. There are also mining artefacts such as a wash cradle, giant bellows, bullion moulds, gold pans and a miner's helmet dating back to the same era. Some of the items were borrowed as props for the Australian War movie, Beneath Hill 60, which told the story of Captain Oliver Woodward of the 1st Australian Tunneling Division on the Western Front. As well, there are two dioramas depicting a crushing plant and a mine.
Drop into the Civic Club and enjoy a drink with a local, soak up the atmosphere of this historic building and play a game of billiards on one of the two 100-year old full-sized slate tables. Formerly The Londoner's Club (gentlemen only please), it is now open to all. Don't forget to make a booking for their famous Friday Night Barbecue - the only time meals are available here.
This centre dates back to 1903 and was the first ambulance station outside Brisbane. It covered a huge working area of almost 70,000 square kilometres (approximately the size of Tasmania). Visitors can view a wonderful collection of old vehicles, uniforms and an enormous number of logbooks recording the cases treated by ambulance officers during the past 100 years. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for opening times.