Charters Towers is a city in Queensland.
Charters Towers is located 135 kilometres southwest of Townsville and has an altitude of 336 metres which ensures an excellent climate with comfortably cool nights. Known mostly for its heritage and gold mining history, this city once had a population of 27,000 and had one of the first regional Stock Exchanges in Australia which took three calls a day, six days a week.
Today the main industries are mining, beef (homestay accommodation is available), education (five excellent, world recognised boarding schools) and tourism (a visit will explain why).
Charters Towers is a perfect example of the real Australia, with brilliantly coloured sunsets, and cattle stations. The friendly atmosphere and heritage streetscape only add to its unique appeal. Numerous tranquil water spots and secluded lava caves ensures fascinating walks and great camping. A walking tour is one of the best ways to appreciate the history and the many grand colonial buildings that adorn the streets. A must-see is the Stock Exchange building which was hooked into the world via telegraph from 1890. Don t miss the Venus Gold Battery on the outskirts of town. Here, gold was processed from 1872 until 1972 and a guided tour relates the innovation and hard work, which were part of the golden days of Charters.
Charters Towers situated west of Townsville has a unique and colourful history, and is often referred to as the historic golden city.
Located near the Burdekin River, Charters Towers has a rich mining .. pastoral and World War II heritage that can be enjoyed by visitors today through the unique 'Ghosts of Gold' experience .. Charters Towers maintains a range of Heritage listed buildings giving the town a lot of charm .. tour the Venus Battery and explore the Towers Hill World War II bunkers to savour the history of the city that was once referred to as 'The World'!