‘The moon shone over Edward Street’ in Slim Dusty’s famous song named after this regional town, and shine it does, alongside thousands of twinkling stars in the clear outback sky.
Charleville is one of Queensland’s largest and best equipped country centres, and it’s full of fascinating stories and natural beauty.
It’s a place that’s made its mark on Australia’s aviation history, being the departure point for Qantas’ first fare paying customer flight back in 1922. It was also a major production centre for Cobb & Co Coaches and the site of a top secret air base used by the Americans right under residents’ noses during World War II that still sits on the airport grounds today.
With its famous Cosmos Centre and Observatory, historical attractions and even a wildlife sanctuary - this is one regional town that’s sure to delight adults and children alike.
QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Charleville are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.
Get to know the local wildlife or learn about the night sky - here are some of the best events, activities and attractions for your stay in Charleville.
- Explore the stars at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory, home to three powerful Meade Telescopes you can try out yourself.
- Learn about the endangered bilbies at the Charleville Bilby Experience, hosted daily by the Save the Bilby Fund.
- Take a step back in time and join a guided tour through the fascinating remains of the top secret air base used by the Americans during World War II.
- Join the festivities and back a winner at the Charleville Cup Festival, held annually in November.
- Take a drive and discover the Natural Sciences Loop, through historic regional towns, beautiful scenery and opal fields.
Relax, explore history and enjoy the outback lifestyle in town or take a drive and discover natural attractions throughout the region.
In and around Charleville
Enjoy your time in town, fish in the Warrego River and experience the friendliest of country hospitality.
Spend a day on the Charleville Heritage Trail which covers much of the best local heritage buildings and historical attractions - be sure to visit Historical House, the World War II air base and the Steiger Vortex Guns which were used to try and break the drought in 1902.
You’ll find a range of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes in town. Heinimann’s Country Bakery and Cafe is a local favourite, or spoil yourself with a steak at Menzies Steakhouse in the Charleville Hotel.
Natural Sciences Loop
Explore the Natural Sciences Loop - a driving trail that takes you through neighbouring towns and national parks.
Discover outback communities, local bird species, bilbies, scenic rivers and lakes by day and the clearest sky you’ve ever seen by night.
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Charleville enjoys a semi-arid climate with hot dry summers and mild sunny winters. Summer temperatures range from average lows of 20ºC to average highs of 38ºC. Winter temperature range between an average low of 4ºC to average highs up to 22ºC.
From the airport
The Charleville Airport is located approximately five minutes’ drive from the town centre. Hire cars and taxis are available at the terminal.
In and around the city
The town and region is best explored by car. A bus service connects Charleville to some nearby towns.