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ANGELLALA BRIDGE EXPLOSION SITE

At 9.50pm on the 5th of September 2014, 26km south of Charleville, Australian transport history was made. A truck carrying 53 tonnes of ammonium nitrate caught fire, crashed and exploded at Angellala Creek. The blast radius was huge and felt over 30km away and had Charleville locals thinking it was an earthquake. The explosion destroyed both the road and rail [Cira 1897] bridges and injured 8 people. The fact no one was killed, can be described as nothing short of a miracle. Looking much like a war zone, the explosion not only destroyed the bridges but also fire engines and a police vehicle still on route to the scene. Today, the road bridge has been rebuilt, but signs of the explosion still remain and the story is told through a specially prepared interpretive area at the site.

OPEN Public access, always open.

PRICE Free

26km south Charleville on the Mitchell Highway

 

 

DONNA REYNOLDS – STUDIO OF ARTS

A teaching studio dedicated to sharing the joy of creativity! Visitors are welcome to view the many wonderful artworks produced by the students and meet Donna and the artists in residence.

PRICE Free

TIME Thurs to Sat 10.00am to 4.00pm – other times by appointment

1st floor, Town Hall Building, Wills St

P 0427 650 128

E donnareynolds.studio@gmail.com

 

 

 

CHARLEVILLE BOWLS CLUB –  YOUR COMMUNITY CLUB

Known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, a visit to the Charleville Bowls Club is a great chance to mix, mingle and get to know the locals. The club offers activities that both visitors and locals can enjoy.

PRICE Free CLUBHOUSE OPEN Wed/Thurs 4.00pm to 7.30pm, Fri

4.00pm to 12.00am, Sat 3.00pm to 12.00am, Sun 9.00am to 8.30pm

ACTIVITY TIME Thurs – Barefoot Bowls/Sausage Sizzle 6.30pm, Sun

Social Bowls Winter 9.30am, Summer 8.30am

Epacris St
P 07 4654 1520

 

 

FISHING

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting under a star studded sky on the banks of our peaceful rivers with the only sounds you can hear for miles are your day’s catch sizzling away over your campfire and the leaves of the river gums rustling gently in the breeze. In our neck of the woods our local fishing clubs don’t keep their holes a secret. In the centre of this guide on the reverse of the Charleville town map you will find our local area fishing map. All conveniently situated within 50kms of Charleville in all directions, fishing has never been easier.

PRICE Free

TIME Anytime – self guided

Various locations – refer to pull-out map

P 07 4654 3057

E tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au

 

 

GRAHAM ANDREWS PARKLANDS

Constructed after the 1990 flood (the worst in Charleville’s history) as a gift to the community, Graham Andrews Parklands has a little more than meets the eye. This park has some great features and activities for everyone to enjoy;

- Stop by and feed the locals [the feathered kind we mean]

- Learn of desperate measures taken in the early days to create rain in times of drought at the Vortex Rainmaking Gun display, or,

- Take a stroll around the lake and learn about 18 different native Australian Trees

- Other facilities include: BBQs, picnic tables and childrens playground

PRICE Free OPEN Always – self guided activity

Sturt St [Mitchell Hwy]
P 07 4654 3057
E
tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au

 
 

OUTBACK NATIVE TIMBER WALK

Did you know that on the Outback Native Timber Walk there are 18 different species of Native Australian Trees? Situated in the Graham Andrews Parkland this short walk around the lake identifies the feature characteristics of each tree, the common/botanical names as well as European & Indigenous uses.

PRICE Free TIME Anytime – self guided

Charleville Visitor Information Centre,

1 Milky Way [within the Cosmos Centre] [For written guide pick up]

P 07 4654 3057
E tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au

 
 

CHARLEVILLE PIONEERS AUDIO HISTORY BOARD

Hear the entrepreneurial and amazing stories of some of the men who were instrumental in shaping Charleville into the community it is today. Situated on the verandah of Historic House museum these are fascinating stories and worth listening to.

PRICE Free [note: To enter the museum an admission fee applies]

TIME Anytime – Self guided

87 Alfred St

P 07 4654 3057
E tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au

 
 

ROCK WALLABIES

The rangers at the Charleville Environmental Protection Agency office [formerly National Parks & Wildlife], conduct several breeding programs for our native Australian Animals including the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. Visitors are invited to pop in and see them frolic and play in their own specially built enclosure. Surrounding National Park information is also available.

PRICE Free OPEN Mon - Fri 8.30am to 4.30pm

1 Park St
P 07 4654 4703

All visitors must report to the front office and sign the visitors register.

 
 

VORTEX RAINMAKING GUN

Designed and used over the vineyards of Italy, these guns were produced to downscale a hailstorm to rain to prevent crop damage. Highly successful for this purpose it was on a tour of Italy the then QLD Govt. Meteorologist [ QLD’s first], Mr Clement Wragge first saw these guns and thought this principle could possibly be also used in creating rain. The Warrego District of QLD at this time was in the grip of a great drought. Wragge who, stationed in Charleville took these drought conditions as the

perfect opportunity to try out his theories. Charleville was selected as the location and in September 26th 1902, the experiment was carried out. Six, 18ft old fashioned conical candle snuffer shaped guns were made and placed at various locations throughout the town. It was hoped that once these guns were charged with gunpowder and blasted into the sky, the blast would then change the atmospheric pressure enough to basically trick to sky into raining. Needless to say this experiment didn’t work, and today 1 ½ of these guns are displayed in the Graham Andrews Park complete with interpretive signage showing how it was all carried out. A great outback story and one worth the time to take a look.

PRICE Free OPEN Anytime, self-guided.

Sturt St [Graham Andrews Park]

P 07 4654 3057
E
tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au

 
 

WARREGO RIVER WALK

The Warrego River, a northern tributary of the Darling River, flows through parts of South West Queensland and the north western areas of New South Wales. Complimented with a written guide, this short 2.8km return walk along the northern side of the Warrego River, will help identify the local flora and fauna that surround it.

PRICE Free OPEN Anytime – self-guided

Refer to the Charleville Town Map

P 07 4654 3057
E
tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au

 
 

WEATHER BALLOON RELEASE – BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

The Bureau of Meteorology collects meteorological data, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, in the local area, which is used to forecast the weather. A balloon is launched automatically each day. Interested members of the public can view this at Charleville Airport, where a sign is posted with further information.

PRICE Free OPEN Balloon Release 9.00am for a 9.15am release every day.

Qantas Drive

P 07 4654 3057

 
 

MADE IN MURWEH LOCAL ARTS & CRAFTS STORE

Located within the CBD of Charleville, this little store has some wonderful treasures. Showcasing local talents, this store only stocks items that have been hand crafted within the boundaries of the Murweh Shire. Pop in and say G’day to the dedicated volunteers and you just never know what unique little memento you may find.

OPEN Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm [other times by appoint.]

Charleville Town Hall Building, Wills St

P Allison 0427 542 524 Maree 0428 541 780

 
 

SKATE PARK

After travelling let the kids stretch their legs at the Charleville Skate Park.

OPEN Anytime – self guided

PRICE Free

Warrego St

P 07 4654 3057

E tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au