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Charters Towers

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  • Day97

    Adventure down the Gregory Highway

    June 19, 2017 in Australia

    I've been pondering how I want to head south. Last night I still had 1400 km (870 miles) to Brisbane taking the most direct route down the Bruce Highway which follows the coast. It's the most popular tourist route. But my heart yearns for the outback, for kangaroos and emus (though I did see my first live kanga yesterday near Mission Beach - hoorah!)

    So I have decided to take the more inland route, and have just arrived in Charters Towers, 204 km from my site last night, where I pick up the Gregory Highway. It's a well-used road, so I'm not doing anything risky, but it's about 470 km (292 miles) to Emerald which is the next town. There are basic pull-offs to stay overnight, so it feels more adventurous 😎

    Once I get to Emerald I'll decide whether to head more directly towards the coast or, if this is as much fun as I hope, carry on on the inland route. I think most of the traffic will be heading north as Aussies head away from the winter cold.

    Update
    The drive down the Gregory Developmental Road was all I hoped - beautiful bush all the way, hardly any traffic and most of it heading N against me. Joyous 😎
    I found my overnight spot - a pull-in off the road called The Old Dump, so I wasn't expecting anything glamorous, but I got everything I'd hoped for - space, feeling connected with the red dust, then a lovely dark night sky and the Milky Way.
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  • Day18

    Charters Towers

    June 7, 2015 in Australia

    Carnarvon Gorge to Charters Towers

    HW. On the road again, heading for Emerald through scrubby countryside. Our drive out of Carnarvon along the dirt road was a lot less eventful with little dust inside the van and no disasters in the fridge! We stopped the night in a van park in Emerald and headed off again next morning – our mission being to get to the Cape within our time frame. More exploring of inland Queensland will have to wait for another trip. On the Friday night we free-camped beside the road along with at least a dozen other vans at a truck roadside stop with toilets. Met more nice people. Luckily there weren’t too many B-triples carrying cattle passing by in the night. (They sure are noisy and very smelly!)

    We arrived in Charters Towers late morning on Saturday 6th and the centre of town was bustling with people and traffic. After setting up at a van park just out of town we drove back to the centre mid afternoon and because it’s a country town, almost everything closes after midday on a Saturday and you could have fired a gun down the main street and not hit a thing. There are some lovely old buildings in the town which is famous for its gold mining and for having the first stock exchange in Australia. We drove up to Towers Hill nearby which overlooks the town and the surrounding countryside which is flat as far as the eye can see. As luck would have it there was a motor show and swap meet at the local showgrounds over the weekend so guess where we spent a couple of hours on Sunday?? We looked around some of the old beautifully restored cars and Frank had a fossick through the tools (both old and new) and got a couple of bits he needed. We had a nice relaxing stay here.

    FW. Including a few photos from Towers Hill (approx 300m high) where the view to the Nth, Sth, E, W is similar, flat right to the horizon. A lot of the buildings in the town have been restored and look fabulous, including the Police Station, a Mural depicting the town’s history and the Stock Exchange building which was supposed to be the first in Australia and the largest in the world in its time.
    As Heather mentioned she took me to the local swap meet and I am including a photo of some Fergi’s and other farm machinery for your interest Max.
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  • Day642

    Camp 7 - Charters Towers (+182=968km)

    June 2, 2016 in Australia

    Puma Roadhouse

    Route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1S6eVrz8o0EyZvWUXpWFSEE5RWLk

    DE: Charters Towers hat sich zu Zeiten des Goldrauschs als "Die Welt" bezeichnet, da es in dem Ort alles gab was man brauchte. Sogar der Goldpreis für den Weltmarkt wurde hier einmal festgelegt.

    Danach zum ersten Mal ins Drive In Cinema gefahren - Zwei (topaktuelle) Filme für $8! In einem normalen Kino kostet ein (!) Film in Australien um die $18...

    Tolles Kino und Ambiente unter den Sternen. Jetzt schlafe ich nicht nur noch im Auto, sondern fahre gleich noch damit ins Kino... :)

    Die Nacht auf einem Rasthof mit Road Trains und Zirkusleuten zu verbringen, war auch eher ungewöhnlich :)

    EN: The people of Charters Towers called their town „The World“ during the gold rush because you could get everything you needed there. Even the world market price for gold was set in this town once.

    After this we went to the drive in cinema for the first time – two brand new movies for $8! In an ordinary cinema in an Australian city you would pay around $18 for one (!) movie…
    Very nice cinema and atmosphere. Now I don’t only just sleep in the car, but also drive with it into a cinema… :)

    We spent the night at a road house with lots of road trains and show people camping in the yard. Quite unordinary :)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Charters Towers, CXT, ჩარეტერს-ტაუერსი, چارٹدز ٹاورز, Чартерс-Тауэрс

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