One of the largest towns in South West Queensland, Charleville is a must stay and see. With many different experiences within the shire – from bilbies to amazing night sky viewings – why not stay a few days or more and see it all.
Home to Australia’s iconic bilby, experience them Up Close and Personal and have the opportunity to touch their uniquely soft fur and capture a memento to take home. Charleville, the Bilby capital of Australia, breeds bilbies for reintroduction into Currawinya National Park.
Have you seen the outback wonders of the night sky? Visit the Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory and wow at the amazing secrets of the night sky. Not only housing the Observatory by night for stars, you can also experience daytime star viewing at our Sun Viewing session. You will love the newly upgraded interactives in Astronomy by Day. This is where you can visit our own Cosmos Shuttle, meteorite displays and the Stargazing in the Outback Theatre. The Cosmos Centre opens from 12:00pm and also has its own Cosmos Café, so stop in for a coffee while exploring our centre.
Ask to book the Top Secret WWII Tour and discover what the 3500 USAAF personnel were up to in the area, see the remnants and learn about how WWII affected the town. It is an amazing story and one you really won’t want to miss.
Do you love nature? Charleville hosts its own Outback Native Timber Walk which showcases local native trees at the back of the Graham Andrews Parklands. This is also where you will find the famous Vortex Rainmaking Guns. Was Clement Wragge just crazy or was it Charleville’s fault that the experiment never worked? Have you ever played Disc Golf? The park also hosts a 9 tee course. Discs are available from a number of locations around town, starting with the Visitor Information Centre.
Expand on the history of Charleville and visit Historic House Museum where you can view displays of a by-gone era. Learn about the Cobb & Co Changeover Station Trail and the impact it had in the town or listen to the Pioneers Audio History Panel.
Explore the history of the Royal Flying Doctor at the Charleville Base Royal Flying Doctors Visitor Centre and see how the RFDS services have changed dramatically over the years. The Charleville base services an area almost the size of the United Kingdom, bringing essential services to the remote outback.
See the Angellala Bridge Explosion Site, the most powerful explosion in Australian transport history. Felt over 30km away, it destroyed the main road and adjacent rail bridge.
We're here to help and with so many things to see and do in and around Charleville, Morven, Augathella & Cooladdi, plan your stay for a little longer, as one day is never enough to experience all the Murweh Shire towns have to offer.