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Charleville

Charleville in the Queensland Outback, lies in the heart of Queensland's 'mulga country'.

It is the largest town in the south west of the Queensland Outback region and was gazetted (publicly listed as a town) in 1868 and later named by the Government surveyor of the day, Mr WA Tully, after a town in Ireland where he had lived.

The railroad reached Charleville in March of 1888. This railway gave Charleville a direct link with the state capital, Brisbane. The line still operates passenger services twice a week to Charleville on board Queensland Rail's Westlander Train.

Cobb and Co, the famous coach company, based their largest coach making factory in Australia in the township of Charleville in 1890.

The factory was moved to Charleville because the wood used in coaches made in factories closer to the coast would split and crack in the dry, dusty conditions of Western Queensland.

Qantas scheduled its first fare paying passenger service from Charleville to Cloncurry, via Longreach and Winton, back in 1922.

The mulga country of Queensland's outback is rich in history, flora and fauna. The Charleville Heritage Trail takes visitors to the region through the history of the town and its heritage buildings.

The Charlieville Cosmos Centre and Observatory allows visitors to experience the stars almost touching the end of their nose and with clear nights and a low horizon combine to give visitors a great night time experience.

Kangaroos, emus, birds of prey and a wondrous variety of Australian native wildlife can be seen whilst travelling throughout this region.

The National Parks Research Station is home of the Save the Bilby Fund where you can 'meet the bilbies' on one of the seasonal tours held at the station.
Charleville is situated on the Mitchell Highway, known by travellers as the Matilda Highway.

The Queensland Outback is known for its sparse population and Charleville has a population of 3500, making it the largest town in the Murweh Shire. Other towns include Augathella, with a population of 400 people, Morven with 230 people and Cooladdi with just a handful in its population.

The shire has four artesian bores. Artesian water is essential to the town's survival, as the average rainfall of the area is just 491mm a year.

The temperature in winter ranges from -3 to 20 degrees C, and in summer from 20 to 40 degrees C. Individual properties vary in size from 25,000 acres to 40,000 acres.

Tour the School of Distance Education and find out how schooling is achieved even when students live hundreds of kilometres from their school.

The Royal Flying Doctor is famous for saving the lives of thousands of outback residents and travellers over the years and its base is in Charleville, be sure to visit this Queensland Outback icon and tour its visitors centre.

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