Childers is a small agricultural town in South East Queensland. It is a major sugar cane producer.
Childers is approximatly 320 km north of Brisbane on the Bruce Hwy.
Childers has no public transport, given the small size of the township. It is an easy ten minute walk to the town centre from most areas of the township, with a walk from the northern tip to the southern tip taking approximately an hour. While there isn't any public transport as such, there is a local-based taxi vehicle, that services most of the area. Fares are relatively cheap, however can get booked out fairly quickly on busy nights in town.
Buses pass through Childers, in both a North and South direction, and can be hailed, if booked, at the Shell Service Station, on the northern end of the township. Backpacker/travel-based bus services also pass through the area, with many travellers choosing to work at local farms.
The closest rail station is approximately 40km away at Howard.
Childers is classified as a National Trust Town. It is rich in history and many historic colonial buildings still stand in the town centre today.
Numerous historical monuments stand within the town centre, paying homage to the Pacific Islander workers who came to Childers in the 19th Century to work in the sugar cane fields.
Woodgate Beach, located approximately 40km out of Childers, is popular with tourists, where Kangaroos can be seen in the front yards of houses, casually munching on grass.
The Childers Multicultural festival is held each year on the final weekend of July, an event that attracts thousands of visitors each year to the town. Stalls, performances and displays are held, with a strong focus on other cultures and nationalities.
The Childers Agricultural Show is normally held in late May/early June.
Given the size of the township, activities are fairly limited, short of visiting the local businesses and historic landmarks.
Shopping outlets are fairly limited, however within the centre of the township, many gift shops and specialty shops offer visitors the chance to purchase locally-manufactured products and other supplies.
Woolworths supermarket is located at the northern end of the township, with smaller supermarkets and convenience stores located centrally.
There are many places to eat in Childers, from low-priced bakeries and cafe's to restaurants and ethnic foods. Currently, the only 'fast food' option available is Subway, located within the Palace Building in the centre of town. Surrounding this are several cafe's, pubs, bakeries and restaurants, while ethnic foods available include Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese.
Aside from coffee shops, there are three main pubs located in the city centre. They are: The Grand Hotel The Federal Hotel and, Hotel Childers.
Along with the above, The Isis Club, located at the southern end of the town centre, offers meals and a family-friendly environment.
There are many accommodation options within Childers, including:
Motel accommodation Backbacker Hostels Caravan Parks Pub accommodation
The Federal Hotel had single rooms for $30/night (January 2013). (07) 4126 1438