Budding astronomers should not miss the Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory. With little to no light pollution, use the Centre’s powerful telescopes by to explore the galaxy by night, or the special solar telescope to take a closer look at the sun’s surface during the day.
Spend time with the bilby, Australia’s answer to the Easter Bunny. Prior to European settlement, bilbies were found throughout most of Australia. However loss of habitat and competition from introduced animals have seen their numbers plummet. Learn about their struggles and the efforts to save this endangered species at Charleville’s Bilby Experience.
Go deep undercover and explore the U.S.’s secret WWII Military Base. This base was so top secret, it sat forgotten for more than half a century before being rediscovered by chance in 2009.
Drought has long been an issue for these parts and in 1902 Charleville was suffering. However, things were about to take an interesting turn. Six Vortex “Rainmaking” Guns were placed around the town in the hope of producing rain. It was unsuccessful, but two of the guns remain and can be seen at the Graham Andrews Parkland.
On any Wednesday, head down to the Bailey Bar Caravan Park to witness the craziness that is yabby racing. Your entry fee includes dinner and all proceeds support the vital work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Best time of year to visit
There are many events to look out for throughout the year. The Central Warrego Race Club holds regular meets, with the pinnacle being the running of the Charleville Cup on the first Tuesday in November.
Hold your breath for 8 seconds at the annual Charleville Rodeo, held at the Showgrounds every May.
A weekend of education and celebration ends with National Bilby Day on the second Sunday in September. Don’t forget your bling so you can kick up your heels at the Fur Ball on Saturday night!
Visitors to Charleville can expect a semi-arid climate with desert-like weather and temperatures.
Summer brings hot, dry days and warm nights with little to no humidity.
Winter provides mild, sunny days, but the nights can get somewhat chilly. Perfect red wine and campfire weather.
Charleville – The Biggest Little Town
Charleville was established in 1865 and named after the town of Charleville in County Cork, Ireland. The town became a bustling hub to service the pastoralists of the region and has played an important part in Australian transport history since.
Cobb & Co set up a coach building site in 1886, sadly the arrival of the railway only two years later led to the decline for this iconic Australian service.
The town’s wide streets were specifically designed to the accommodate the turning circle of a the bullock wagons used to transport the wool from surrounding stations.
Qantas was founded in Central Queensland in 1920, with its inaugural regular passenger service between Charleville and Cloncurry taking off in 1922.
Despite being regularly affected by drought and flood, the big hearted people of this town are resilient, maintaining a continued optimism for the future.