Charters Towers is 135 kilometres south-west 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 the only Stock Exchange in Australia to take three calls a day.
Today the main industries are mining (mine tours are available) 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. Donít 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.