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charleville AND THE MURWEH SHIRE
Uncover our secrets, see the stars, vast landscapes, flora and fauna and consider pausing a moment to meet the people that make up our vibrant communities. We invite you to join us in our towns, each filled with colourful characters and treasures from history to nature. Plus, there is great fishing for those that like to throw in a line. Slow down, re-energise as you enjoy your time discovering our wonderful slice of Outback Queensland.
Charleville Visitor Information Centre Located at the Charleville Railway Station in King St, Charleville 07 4656 8359 firstname.lastname@example.org www.experiencecharleville.com.au #experiencecharleville
This brochure is proudly sponsored by the Murweh Shire Council.
FACILITIES LEGEND Wheelchair Accessible
Pets on Leash
The Murweh Shire Council acknowledges traditional custodians of the land within the shire, and offers its respects to elders, past, present and emerging. Many thanks to the Murweh Shire community for your wonderful stories, photos and contributions in the creation of this guide and associated content. Disclaimer: At time of printing all the information was true and correct.
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How to get here Charleville Charleville Town Map Augathella Cooladdi Morven The Great Outback Sky History Bilbies Explore Parks and Gardens Native Timber Walk Gone Fishin’ Natural Sciences Loop Arts + Culture Events Directory
how to get here DRIVE Charleville and the Murweh Shire are serviced by fully sealed roads on major highways for travellers from every direction. This welcoming outback town is on the intersection of the Warrego Highway, Matilda Way and at the start of the Diamantina Development Road, Australia’s longest road. It forms part of the Natural Sciences Loop, a drive following trails of dinosaurs, the largest artesian basin in the world, lookouts with 360° views to glistening gems and historical landmarks.
BUS Bus Queensland runs services between Brisbane and Charleville 7 days a week. www.busqldoutback.com.au
CHARLEVILLE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Drop in for tour and other bookings within the Murweh Shire and beyond: Charleville Railway Station King Street, Charleville 07 4656 8359 email@example.com www.experiencecharleville.com.au
BY AIR Rex Airlines www.rex.com.au QantasLink www.qantas.com.au
BY RAIL The Westlander travels a scenic journey from Brisbane to Charleville and return twice weekly through some of the state’s most picturesque outback regions. www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au
OPENING HOURS March - October: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm Weekends and Public Holidays 10am – 2pm November – February: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm Closed Weekends and Public Holidays
Travellers Tips Always check road conditions before you leave one destination to the next. See a truck coming? Pull right off the road and let them pass – you’ll be welcomed by a big wave.
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Charleville HEART OF THE MULGA LANDS Welcome to Charleville, the hub of the Murweh Shire on the banks of the wonderful Warrego River. Pause a while and immerse yourself in iconic Outback experiences from nature to the stars, fishing to history – there’s enough to entice you for a few days or more.
harleville is home to the iconic bilby, see this flagship endangered species up close in their specially built nocturnal house.
There’s botanic reserves and beautifully landscaped parks to visit. An outback night sky with guides to fill your head with facts and visuals about planets, constellations and stars in the night sky (and by day) through enormous telescopes. Stop by Charleville’s oldest tree – believed to be 400-800 years old this gracious old Carbeen (Corymbia tessellaris) is nationally registered. Visit the School of Distance Education and join the largest classroom in the world. View the mural on the Water Tower, lit up at night and the weather balloon as it’s released daily and don’t miss the Royal Flying Doctor Base and the Historical House. Maybe take a Scenic Flight to see the heart of the Mulga Lands from the air and anglers are not forgotten with waterways perfect for dangling a line. Did you book enough nights? We look forward to seeing you soon!
Nine fabulous free things to do in Charleville (and there’s more) 1. Graham Andrews Parklands 2. Astronomy by Day 3. Warrego River Walk 4. Made in Murweh and the Mulga Lands Gallery 5. The Water Tower 6. Charleville’s oldest tree 7. Daily weather balloon release at 9.15am 8. Charleville Botanic Reserve 9. Angellala Bridge Explosion Site
Join a Hotel Corones History and Stories Tour and hear a story like no other. Harry ‘Poppa’ was the first Greek to make it from rags to riches in Australia. This VIP tour takes you to rooms not open to the public.
Meet the farmer at Charleville’s Date Farm. Discover the history and taste the delights of locally grown produce. See the water recycling and learn an interesting fact or two about the benefits of the juicy fruits.
Jump on board Check Out Charleville and discover Charleville’s past: the floods, fires and heroic achievements. You will learn why the streets are so wide and the history of the hub of the Murweh Shire, the heart of the Mulga Lands.
Grab a map and wander our Charleville Cemetery Tour on this self guided walk. Visit the final resting place of many of our cherished past residents, admire other graves and understand the love and admiration those before us had.
To book Hotel Corones History and Stories tour call 0409 860 114 or 07 4656 8359. To book a farm and town tour call 07 4656 8359 or visit www.experiencecharleville.com.au
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Did you know? The manhunt for the Kenniff brothers was one of Queensland’s largest and lasted more than thirteen years. They were captured at Arrest Creek, south of Mitchell, and Patrick is believed to be the last bushranger hung in Australia.
Augathella T H E M E AT A N T C A P I TA L O F A U S T R A L I A Experience Augathella which is tucked away on the banks of the Warrego River, a mere kilometre off the Matilda Highway, 84 km north of Charleville.
his picturesque outback town was once the haunt of the notorious bushranger brothers Patrick and James Kenniff. You can still see the tree they tied their horses to, ready for a quick getaway after a beer at the pub. Take a stroll through the landscaped Meat Ant Park located next door to the town library. View the giant meat ant sculpture over a million times the size of an actual ant. There are storyboards located around the park, playground and picnic table. Steer a course around town on the self-drive tour. See the colourfully painted water tower depicting outback scenes
and discover the story of Smiley and the unique Q150 Shed. Along the streets there are vividly painted houses, artefacts in yards from times gone by and amazing wall murals which were created by locals to showcase their love of the region from great sheep stations to the 1950s movie ‘Smiley’. Humorous wrought iron sculptures showcase additional creativity. Stop in and meet the locals at the Ellangowan Hotel and stock up at Frazer’s Butchery, one of the best in the west, before you leave. If you like nature, consider the 4WD Nature Drive Trail. Augathella looks forward to welcoming you.
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Five Must Dos in Augathella 1. View the giant meat ant sculpture. 2. Meet the locals at the Ellangowan Hotel. 3. See the water tower which forms part of the Silo Art Trail. 4. Visit the Boadicea Gallery and Cinema to see an exhibition of more than 150 heritage photos and view the 1956 movie ‘Smiley’. 5. Take the self-guided drive around town.
Cooladdi AUSTRALIA’S SMALLEST TOWN Cooladdi (meaning black duck) was once a thriving railway town with a population of 270 that supported a butcher, school, police station, post office and boarding house.
Five Must Dos in Cooladdi 1. Railway siding. 2. Call into the Foxtrap. 3. See the huge bottle trees where the school once stood. 4. Visit the outback grave of nine-year-old Vera Tighe. 5. See the cairn in memory of Dorothy and Wilfred Brooks OAM.
ake some time to explore the town that once was. There is the famous Foxtrap, an all-in-one store, plus a motel, post office and the pub. Hear how it got its unique name and try tackling the Cooladdi King Burger. Take a walk along the tree-lined banks of pretty Quilberry Creek (meaning plenty of water). It’s a great place to pull up for a night, catch a yabby, or relax and watch the wildlife. There have been 80 species of birds recorded here and the list is growing. After the drought of 1902, Cooladdi became part of the Great Western Railway (GWR) with construction commencing in 1910. It became a bustling hub and watering place for steam engines carrying sheep, cattle and wool. Today all that remains is the Cooladdi railway siding, a popular location for photographers, artists and rail and history enthusiasts.
The grave of Vera Tighe sits a few hundred metres west of Quilberry Creek. Her father Jack Tighe, a fencing contractor who constructed many of the original dog netting fences in the area, had set up camp on the Cooladdi Reserve with his wife and family in 1914 when Vera became ill. Without medical assistance the nine-year-old sadly passed away. Her grave is a reminder of the hardships faced by the pioneering families who opened up the outback. Visit the huge Queensland bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestris) which mark the entrance to where the school once stood. The school opened on the 9 March 1929 and the first teacher, Mr Allan Marsh, camped in a tent on the creek at ‘Monamby Park’ for the duration of his employment which finished in 1932. The school closed in 1974. Enjoy Australia’s smallest town which has something for everyone.
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morven HOME OF THE OOLINE TREES Visit the Morven Museum and experience the wonder of the handcrafted miniature building display that took more than 15 years to complete.
tep back in time and see the tin hut built of flattened kerosene tins from the 1930s Great Depression (one of the few complete tin huts left in Australia) and other displays of a bygone era. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the self-guided Heritage Trail which takes you to places such as the Rabbit Board Gate used for rabbit proofing in 1886. The ‘Branding Board’ shows the cattle brands of local station owners, some of whom were in business for more than 100 years. Then take a break at Sadleir’s Waterhole where you can enjoy the serenity of the picturesque red river gums lining the waterhole which was once a stopover for Cobb & Co coaches and bullock teams. A visit to the home of the Ooline trees and their black orchids located within the Tregole National Park, only 10 km south of Morven, is a must-do.
Did you know? Morven was called Sadleir’s Waterhole until 1876.
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the great outback sky From the very first person walking the Earth, we humans have been mesmerised and our curiosity stirred in amazement at the night sky.
hrough the years technology has advanced and we not only know more but can see closer. Learn about everything from constellations to amazing scientific facts or view our brightest star, the sun, and see flares shoot into the darkness of space. When in Charleville you can begin your journey into the Universe day and night – sit back and enjoy!
COSMOS CENTRE What the eye cannot see, a telescope can! A night at the Charleville Cosmos Centre is the perfect introduction to the spectacular Outback Night Sky. There is something for everyone and every budget, even during the day. Astronomy by Day: A free experience within the centre. Learn if stars come out during the day and challenge your knowledge of space, astronauts and everything in that big sky. There’s the ‘Puffersphere’, it’s fun and interactive for kids of all ages to explore our Solar System.
Did you know? The moon controls all the world’s oceans and the reason we have high and low tides. Only 12 people have ever set foot on the moon. Because there is no wind, if you visited the moon today you would still see their footprints.
Sun Viewing: Here comes the sun! See our brightest star up close through the largest telescope of its kind in Australia and don’t forget your smartphone for that take-home photo. Big Sky Observatory: The evening session introduces you to a close-up view of the rings around Saturn, the moons and constellations and stars colourfully splashed onto a dark black velvet overnight sky. Learn interesting facts from your guides. Universal Dreaming: The stars have held an important place across many cultures around the world and an inspiration in telling stories about creation, laws, seasons and animal behaviour. Learn about cultures of the past around our custom-built firepit, carved with the Cosmos Centre logo, Orion the Hunter and the Southern Cross along with the Milky Way.
Small and Personal: These personal tours are created for a group or family looking for some special telescope time. During this personalised tour see craters, stars and constellations. See a film in the Planetarium – Our Astrodome: Sit back and relax while taking a virtual tour experiencing the universe around our 15-metre dome theatre. Three shows are run daily each designed around different age groups and interests. Shows include: • The Birth of Planet Earth ’Birth to the Planet Earth’ tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, how it came to support life, where the Moon came from and more. Employing cinematic-quality visualisations, ‘Birth to the Planet Earth’ explores how the Earth became a living planet in the wake of our Solar System’s violent birth and looking at the history of the Earth, what does it tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
Beyond the Sun Celeste, a little girl who wants to explore the Universe, learns how to discover exoplanets and sets on an exciting journey to find new Earths. With an unexpected visit from Moon, Moon and Celeste journey together to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected. They observe rouge planets, oceanic worlds and super-Earths, fuelling the passion of Celeste to maybe grow up and become an exoplanet hunter. World 2 War Discover the events of WWII on a global scale through our ground-breaking Astrodome. Join us, with our state-of-the-art technology which delivers an accurate timeline of events from around the world. From the beaches of Normandy to Pearl Harbour this pioneering animated documentary will bring out the historian within you.
Explore the vast beauty of the night sky CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE Milky Way Drive (off Qantas Drive) Charleville 07 4654 7771
FACILITIES EVENING STAR GAZING Evening Star Caravan Park Adavale Road 8 km west of Charleville 07 4654 2430
history D I S C O V E R O U R S E C R E T PA S T
THE SECRET BASE During World War II, the USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) arrived in Charleville and modified the airport into a crucial, strategic but secretive base. It is said locals were sworn to secrecy as 3,500 American Airmen and ground crew made Charleville their home from 1942 till 1946. The Secret Base covered an area of approximately 25 km2 around Charleville’s airport. Fast forward to today and you can discover why The Secret Base was built and what life for the American Airman in Outback Queensland during the Second World War was like.
WWII SECRET TOUR (TAG-ALONG) Join your tour guide for this 1.5 hr tag-along tour. You will visit seven different sites from hangars to secret vaults, learn about life on the base and discover for yourself why the Americans chose Charleville to house one of the most sought after secrets of WWII.
LOCATION Qantas Drive
TOUR DETAILS Trip Length: 6 km Departs from the front of the WWII Secret Base
FACILITIES Unhitching sites are available as this tour is not suitable for caravans and campervans
BOOKINGS Bookings are essential call 07 4656 8359 or www.experiencecharleville.com.au 18
ANGELLALA BRIDGE EXPLOSION Moments before 9:00pm on Friday 5th September 2014, a truck carrying 52.8 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was involved in a single-vehicle incident. The explosion was the equivalent power to 10 –15 tonnes of TNT and so powerful that 30 km away Charleville residents thought there was an earthquake. The explosion was measured as a seismic event measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale. Thankfully not a life was lost. Leafless trees fringed the site after 44 bags of ammonium nitrate, each bag weighing 1.2 tonnes, exploded alongside the Matilda Highway. The site and ruins of this historic explosion are signposted and the story is told through a specially prepared interpretive area at the site. The railway bridge will never be rebuilt.
LOCATION You can find the explosion site 30 km south-west of Charleville. There’s a pull-off area for caravans and camper trailers.
HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM There are very few buildings in Charleville that can boast a history as long and colourful as the Charleville Historic House Museum. Purpose-built in 1887 as the town’s first Queensland National Bank before it became a private residence, then a boarding house. In 1973 the Charleville & District Historical Society purchased it to establish the fascinating museum it is today. Filled to the brim with treasures of yesteryear, some dating back to the 1800s and even original features from the bank such as marble fireplaces and the vault. Outside, the collection continues with an original rail ambulance, steam engine and life-size replica of a Cobb & Co coach.
LOCATION Alfred Street, Charleville
OPENING HOURS Times of opening vary as this is volunteerrun. A small fee is charged for admission.
bilbies Charleville is home to the largest bilby breeding program in Queensland and where you can see these endangered little marsupials digging their way back from the brink of extinction.
ilbies are believed to have inhabited Australia for up to 15 million years and once were found across 70% of Australia’s landmass.
At the Charleville Bilby Centre, you will unearth more about how the Greater Bilby was discovered, how the breeding program is working and view them in our specially designed nocturnal house as they go about their daily bilby business. To book call 07 4656 8369 or visit www.experiencecharleville.com.au
Did you know? Murweh Shire Council proudly supports the Save the Bilby fund. To find out more go to www.savethebilbyfund.com
Six fun Bilby facts 1. Bilbies can sleep on their heads. 2. ‘Macrotis’ means big-eared in Greek and bilby ears are big! They can be as much as 66% of the body length of the bilby, providing an easy point of differentiation between bilbies and other marsupials. These ears are super sensitive. 3. The Lesser Bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the Greater Bilby survives but remains endangered in Queensland. 4. Bilbies are omnivores, meaning they eat almost everything, including insects and plants. They rarely need water making them superbly adapted to Australia’s harsh, dry Outback. 5. Bilbies have one of the shortest pregnancies of any mammals on earth and can have up to four litters of young per year. 6. Bilby pouches face backwards so they don’t fill up with sand as they diligently dig burrows. It is estimated a bilby can move 1.5 tonnes of earth per kilogram of bodyweight per year according to the WWF.
Did you know? Ooline (Cadellia pentastylis) has rainforest origins dating back to the Ice Ages. The Ooline is considered vulnerable to extinction.
nature TREGOLE NATIONAL PARK Home to the rare Ooline tree, this pretty park straddles the boundary between two of the state’s natural regions, the Brigalow Belt and the Mulga Lands. A 2.1 km return interpretive walk weaves through stands of Ooline and mulga. Beautiful black orchids (rarely seen this far west) grow abundantly on tree trunks attracting many insects and butterflies when in bloom.
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Picnicing - have lunch at one of the picnic sites or cook on the free gas barbecue or relax with your hamper under a shady tree. Wildlife Spotting - spot brown or white treecreepers working busily prising insects from underneath bark. See weebills, warblers, five different species of thornbills and many other birds. Caper white butterflies flit between the wild orange bush and you may see a sand goanna looking for its next meal. Walk the Tregole circuit - 2.1 km (allow 45 minutes) Class 4 track
LOCATION 11 km south-west of Morven
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CHARLEVILLE BOTANIC RESERVE In the semi-arid Mulga Lands, an easy 15 km drive south of Charleville, this 2,000 ha reserve contains most of the region’s major vegetation types.
Please enjoy your time at the Charleville Botanic Reserve and respect this special place by keeping to the marked tracks and taking your rubbish home. Mobile reception is not available at the reserve.
Take a drive or walk and read the informative signage as you pass through the diverse plant communities. Travel from spinifex to heath and mulga forest, through a gidgee swamp, over a sand ridge to the mixed floodplain with poplar box, and alongside the cypress pine communities fringing the Warrego River. It’s a nature lover’s delight.
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Picnicing Spectacular in spring when desert myrtle surrounds the first part of your drive in a sea of deep pink. Good for bird watching.
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2WD to 1.5 km, after that 4WD for the remainder of the 28.5 km self-guided drive. Reserve may be closed after rain.
Please ask at the Charleville Visitor Information Centre, situated in the Charleville Railway Station, for directions and road conditions and pick up a brochure. • •
Camping not permitted. Pets only on a leash.
WARREGO RIVER WALK Wander along Charleville’s Warrego River Walk beside the northernmost tributary of the Darling River. Warrego means ‘river of sand’ in the Aboriginal language and the walk was designed by the local Indigenous Bidjara people. The pathway known as ‘Wadyanana’ means ‘I’ll be walking around somewhere else when he comes’. Along the path you can read a sign about Mundagudda, the Rainbow Serpent, see the new and old bridges and view native trees and grasses.
GRAHAM ANDREWS PARKLANDS Whether it’s a quick stopover or a day out, Graham Andrews Parklands is always a great place to stop, relax and stretch the legs. Within this award-winning peaceful pretty park there is much to see and do. Stroll the pathways and read about 18 different species of Outback Trees along the native Outback Timber Walk (see page 26 - 27), feed the ducks, see the rustic sculptures, pause a moment up high on the big Red Chair then view the Steiger Vortex Rainmaking Guns, which were fired under a suitably cloudy sky in the hope of breaking the drought in 1902. Try your hand at Disc Golf (discs available for hire at the Charleville Visitor Information Centre).
Dawn and dusk are great time for birdos to see and hear the variety of birds that visit or call the parkland home. Along with the ducks the list of birds is growing and some you are likely to see include galahs, red rump parrots, a variety of finches and wrens along with sulphur crested cockatoos. There’s an adventure playground and many amenities including two filtered refrigerated watering stations. Plenty of parking for caravans and camper trailers. Enjoy this magnificent parkland.
Did you know? The Warrego is one of the few rivers where silver perch breed naturally. It is an easy 1.4 km one-way walk starting Wills Street to Gowrie Crossing.
Native Timber Walk G R A H A M A N D R E W S PA R K L A N D S Take a stroll in the award-winning Graham Andrews Parklands and learn more about our Australian Native Outback Trees. 1
FORMAN’S MALLEE Botanical name: Eucalyptus formanii Family name: Myrtaceae Description: Grows to 10 m. Adult leaves are linear and glossy green on both sides. Creamy-white flower buds in leaf axils of 7 or 9 between December to April.
WILGA Botanical name: Geijera parviflora Family name: Rutaceae Indigenous use: Boomerangs, bark and roots for splints, leaves for bedding, shelter for native animals European use: Fodder, shade, grazing for sheep, leaves for toothache Description: A local species, very drought tolerant. Singletrunked tree to 9 m. Leaves grey/green and weeping. Attractive small white star-like flower clusters after rain, winter to spring, strong citrus perfume.
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BOTTLE TREE Botanical name: Brachychiton rupestris Family name: Malvaeae Indigenous use: Shields, boomerangs and medicinal European use: Fodder under dire circumstances Description: Named for its unique shape. Bark generally smooth with shallow fissures. Leaves about 100 mm long and drop before flowering. Bell-shaped yellowish flowers between October and December.
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MYALL, WEEPING MYALL Botanical name: Acacia pendula Family name: Mimosaceae Indigenous use: Boomerangs, spears European use: Gate posts, firewood, fodder Description: A common drought-tolerant species found west of the Great Dividing Range. Grows to 12 m. Likes clay soils. Rough, fissured, dark-grey bark often deep red in fissures. Leaves graceful weeping habit. Small lemon coloured flowers in winter.
KURRAJONG Botanical name: Brachychiton populneus Family name: Malvaceae Indigenous use: Seeds for flour, young roots eaten European use: Seeds make a nourishing beverage, fodder during drought, shade Description: Small to medium tree to 20 m. Tolerant to frosts and hot, dry summers. Bark smooth with shallow lacing. Leaves shiny green. Small bell-shaped flowers from cream with a pink to purple tinge in summer. Flowers followed by large boat-shaped seed capsules.
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POPLAR BOX OR BIMBLE BOX Botanical name: Eucalyptus populnea Family name: Myrtaceae Indigenous use: Bark for shelter, used in burials, habitat for food sources and didgeridoos European use: Shade, windbreaks and fencing Description: Grows to 20 m. Leaves glossy green with red stems. Strong grey trunk with white plates. Sheds in ribbons. Profuse white flowers. Fruit 2-4mm long. Good native wildlife habitat.
RIVER SHE-OAK Botanical name: Casuarina cunninghamiana Family name: Casuarinaceae Indigenous use: Shade European use: Firewood (burns hot), windbreaks Description: Common outback tree, found in NT and NSW. Fastgrowing to 20-25 m. Bark is grey and deeply fissured. Male and female flowering carried out in different trees.
MUGGA IRONBARK Botanical name: Eucalyptus sideroxyton Family name: Myrtaceae Description: A common species, can grow to 10-30 m. Bark is dark and furrowed. Blue-green leaves form large, weeping canopy. White flowers from May-October, however pink and red flowering forms are common and prized for gardens.
Indigenous use: Seeds ground to an edible paste, sweet drink from the insects ‘repairs’, spears and long shields (called mulgas) European use: Fodder, turning, furniture Description: A slow-growing tree growing to 10 m. Only found in Australia’s dry inland. Leaves grey/green in colour. Flowers bright yellow spike any time of the year following suitable rains. Trees can be of either sex.
WHITE CYPRESS PINE Botanical name: Callitris Glaucophylla Family name: Cupressaceae Indigenous use: Huts European use: Timber Description: A native, coniferous evergreen tree growing to 20 m, most commonly found on sandy soil.
SILVER LEAF IRONBARK Botanical name: Eucalyptus melanophlioa Family name: Myrtaceae Indigenous use: Weapons, sap used to tan animal hides European use: Yard posts, turning, furniture, good for honey production Description: Native to NSW and QLD, a fast-growing drought tolerant tree to 20 m. Commonly found in red, sandy, loam and spinifex country. A koala fodder species. Leaves ovate broad and grey-green. Flowers white with high pollen content usually in summer. MULGA Botanical name: Acacia aneura Family name: Mimosaceae
GIDYEA Botanical name: Acacia cambagei Family name: Mimosaceae Indigenous use: Spears, boomerangs, firewood, cutmurri (underground cooking) European use: Fencing, firewood, valued source of protein for bees, valuable shade and shelter tree. Description: A long-lived small tree, 5-15 m tall. Leaves a dull green 4-14cm and can emit a strong offensive smell in hot or humid weather. A hard, heavy, durable timber. Flowers from May – September in tight yellow, globular heads with pods papery smooth, flat.
RIVER RED GUM Botanical name: Eucalyptus camaldulensis Family name: Myrataceae Indigenous use: Medicinal uses include diarrhoea, sores and sore throat, paintings and witchety grubs (dunbon) European use: Medicinal uses, firewood, fencing, sleepers, construction Description: Single large trunk to 30 m. Can live for 300-1000 years. Trees have a deep sinker root. Leaves shed to reduce water demand. Flowers are cream, between spring to mid-summer.
COOLABAH Botanical name: Eucalptus microtheca Family name: Myrtaceae Indigenous use: Firewood and to stun fish European use: Firewood Description: On average growing to 20 m with flaky bark. Flowers white occuring in any month.
BRIGALOW Botanical name: Acacia harpophylla Family name: Mimosaceae Indigenous use: Bidjara used timber for spears, boomerangs, clubs and nullah nullah, sap used to cure animal skins European use: Firewood, fodder, rails Description: A single trunk tree to 25 m. Suckers easily. Leaves are long and narrow, silver/grey in colour and leathery. Flowers are bright yellow to white.
CARBEEN OR MORETON BAY ASH Botanical name: Corymbia tessellaris Family name: Myrtaceae European use: Railway bridges Description: Common fast-growing evergreen species to QLD, NT and the WA growing in deep well-drained soils. Resistant to strong winds, heat and drought. Creamy-white flowers in clusters from July to January.
SALLY WATTLE Botanical name: Acacia salicina Family name: Mimosaceae Indigenous use: Ash for soap, spears, boomerangs, pod straw, tannin used as antiseptic, seeds ground to make flour for bread European use: Furniture, woodworking, firewood, shade, bark used in tanning Description: Large shrub to 20 m. Flowers cream with globular heads in autumn to early winter.
18 TEA TREE, TI TREE / NARROW-LEAVED PAPERBARK Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia Family name: Myrtaceae Indigenous use: Medicinal European use: The oil is believed to be anti-bacterial and used to treat insect bites, acne and athlete’s foot Description: A small tree or large shrub endemic to Australia growing to around 7 m. Leaves are smooth, soft, linear. Flowers in white or cream-coloured masses, during spring - summer. 19
BRACELET HONEY MYRTLE Botanical name: Melaleuca armillaris Family name: Myrtaceae Indigenous use: Bark used for painting European use: Shelter and windbreaks Description: A bird attracting large shrub or small tree with weeping habit. White/mauve bottlebrush-like flowers that appear in spring and summer. www.experiencecharleville.com.au
Gone fishin’ Sit back and relax as the Murweh Shire boasts some fantastic fishing opportunities.
ith the Warrego and Ward Rivers on our doorstep plus an abundant restocking program by the local fishing club continuing to protect this important river system you are in for a bite or two and hopefully a goodsized catch. The Warrego River is one of the few rivers where silver perch continue to breed naturally.
NATIVE FISH Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) Size limit: 30 cm Possession limit: 10 Murray Cod Minimum size: 60 cm Possession limit: 2 Eel-Tailed Catfish Size limit: 35 cm Possession limit: 5 Spangled Perch (Bobby) No size limit Possession limit: 20
Silver Perch (Black Bream) No take species in the Warrego and Paroo Rivers. Blue Claw Yabby No size limit Possession limit: 100 from their natural range Females carrying eggs must be released safely back into the water. Red Claw Yabby No size limit Possession limit: 40
NOXIOUS FISH European Carp All noxious fish if caught must be killed immediately and not returned to the water. You cannot keep, hatch, rear, sell, consign or place in any container. Why? Noxious fish compete with native species and gradually reduce their habitat and affect numbers.
Visitor’s Tips 1. For all the latest in fishing and gear and where they are biting visit Judey’s Browse Inn. 2. Free camping areas have NO toilet facilities – rubbish bins are provided 3. Keep up to date about rules and regulations on size and catch limits 4. Enjoy your time, be clean and hope you catch a beauty!
FISHING TIPS For live bait only use yabbies, shrimps, worms and bobbys. The use of fish and crustaceans out of their natural environment is prohibited. When measuring your catch, it is from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF YOU CATCH A TAGGED FISH? The Charleville Fishing and Restocking Group is involved in many programs conducted using tags to give scientists a better understanding of fish movement, growth or number decline. If you catch a tagged fish call 1800 077 001 (toll free) or return the tag to the Tagging Coordinator at P.O. Box 9793, Frenchville, QLD, 4707. Keep in mind the date and place of capture, the fork and/or total length and details if the fish was kept or released. If the tag has ’Keep Frame’ on it, please freeze the fish and contact the coordinator on 1800 077 001 or your local QBFP office. Charleville Fishing and Restocking Club Inc firstname.lastname@example.org
natural sciences loop E N J O Y T H I S F U L LY S E A L E D O U T B A C K A D V E N T U R E L O O P
Travelling the Natural Sciences Loop is a leisurely drive (suitable for those cruising the outback in a 2WD) where you’ll discover an intriguing itinerary.
DAY 1 CHARLEVILLE
DAY 3 CHARLEVILLE TO CUNNAMULLA
A warm welcome from Charleville and the start of the Natural Sciences Loop. What better place to start than the Charleville Cosmos Centre uncovering the mysteries of the sky. There is viewing through a 30” telescope of the sun during the day, see the planets, constellations, stars and planets at night.
[Approx 200 km]
By day, visit the Bilby Centre located at the Railway Station where this flagship marsupial flies the flag for the many endangered species of Australia. In the nocturnal house, you will see them up close as if in the wild. They are so very cute. Drive the wide streets, some once wide enough for bullock teams to pass, past historic buildings and pubs that have hosted Dukes to the beautiful Graham Andrews Parklands, a beautiful family-friendly park with the historic Vortex Guns and an Outback Native Timber Walk. Plenty of parking for caravans and camper trailers. Overnight Charleville
DAY 2 CHARLEVILLE Wake up in the heart of the Mulga Lands. After breakfast join the World War II Tour tag-along tour. Then check out the Base, the Royal Flying Doctor, visit a date farm or jump on a tour to check out Charleville. You may have wanted another night with more to see and do. Overnight Charleville
Follow the Matilda Highway south to your next stop, Cunnamulla. Here are a few things to see along the way: Heading south the Charleville Botanic Reserve is 15 km from the centre of Charleville. A further 15 km towards Cunnamulla is the Angellala Bridge explosion site, with a large pull-off area suitable for caravans. Pause in Wyandra and take some time to rub your toes in the sand at pretty Wyandra beach. In Cunnamulla visit The Artesian Time Tunnel and learn all about the world’s largest underground river in the Cunnamulla Fella Centre. Take the 2.5 km River Walk where sunset from the viewing deck can be spectacular – a great end to the day. Overnight Cunnamulla
DAY 4 CUNNAMULLA TO THARGOMINDAH [Approx 197 km] At Eulo, 68 km west of Cunnamulla enormous pressure from the Great Artesian Basin has forced century-old mud through the fissures in the ground resulting in Eulo’s Artesian Mud Springs. Take a photo with the life-size Diprotodon statue, one of the many giant Megafauna that once roamed this region. Take a side trip to Yowah and explore rich boulder opal country.
Travellers Tips Check road conditions regularly as you travel Book ahead
Thargo, as the locals call Thargomindah,was the third town in the world, after London and Paris, to produce hydro-electric power. Pop into the Visitor Information Centre and get a courtesy self-tour Code Card. Situated on the banks of the Bulloo there is great fishing and wildlife spotting. Overnight Thargomindah
DAY 5 THARGOMINDAH TO EROMANGA [Approx 280 km] Today takes you to Australia’s furthest town from the sea, Eromanga which once sat on the edge of the ancient Eromanga Inland Sea. The basin has been explored for two main reasons: petroleum production with the area producing around 1.5 million barrels of oil each year. The second is dinosaurs! At the Eromanga Natural History Museum see the skeletal remains of one of the largest animals to have ever walked the earth. Imagine a large plant-eating sauropod, 30 metres long and 6.5 metres high – that’s big! The guided Australian Dinosaur Giants tour is well worth your time or maybe volunteer for a dig. Overnight Eromanga
DAY 6 EROMANGA TO QUILPIE [Approx 106 km] Your fully sealed road heads east towards Quilpie, the home of the exquisite boulder opal. Head to the Visitor Information Centre as there’s much to see and do here. Try your luck for
opal in the free fossicking area and see the spectacular Opal Altar at St Finbarr’s Church. Take in the sunset from Baldy Top, a magnificent formation left over from millions of years ago with simply stunning panoramic views. Overnight Quilpie
DAY 7 QUILPIE For those with a 4WD take a trip to Hell Hole Gorge National Park, one of the prettiest in the west. You may even see a yellow-footed rock wallaby. Around a 2.5 hour drive from Quilpie on several unsealed roads. Pop into Adavale, a tip here is to call ahead and book a high tea at the Elegant Emu. Overnight Quilpie
DAY 8 QUILPIE TO CHARLEVILLE [Approx 211 km] The first stop as you continue west is Cooladdi, one of the smallest towns in Australia with its own postcode. Call into the Foxtrap and maybe try the Cooladdi King Burger. Visit the railway siding – one of the most photographed in the west, the grave of Vera Tighe and Quilberry Creek – perfect for an overnight camp and a great yabby hole plus the wildlife. As you head into Charleville on Australia’s longest road, the Diamantina Development Road, your road trip on the Natural Sciences Loop is coming to its end with a truckload of stories and adventures to recall for many years to come. www.experiencecharleville.com.au
MULGA LANDS GALLERY
MADE IN MURWEH
Across from the Historic House in Charleville’s main street, the Mulga Lands Gallery is a bright contemporary art space with curated exhibitions changing regularly. Entry via Charleville Library. OPEN Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Saturday 9 am to 12 noon. Entry is free though a donation is always appreciated.
Located in the main street this coop showcases the talents of locals handcrafted products made from the people who reside inside the Murweh Shire. Pop in and say g’day to the talented volunteers and you never know you may find that perfect memento. OPEN Monday to Saturday 9 am to 12 noon
See vibrant local artworks created by talented artists. From painted works on canvas, timber carvings, didgeridoos, mugs, skulls, candle holders and greeting cards. Each piece depicts a local scene and/or story. To visit the workshop, ask the staff and they will arrange a time. 96 Parry St, Charleville 07 4654 2470 OPEN Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm
Australia Day Celebrations
Welcome to Charleville Adrian Vowles Cup
Charleville Races Charleville Triathlon
Augathella Easter Races, Rodeo & Billy Cart Races The Smith Family Cod Classic 1990 Charleville Flood Commemoration ANZAC Day Services
Charleville & District Agricultural Show Charleville Show, Rodeo & Races Morven Winter Ball
Women of the World Event Half Way There Shindig Outback Masters Junior Fishing Competition
Charleville Races Quick Shears
Charleville Races Performing Arts Festival Charleville Camp Oven Classic
Charleville Bilby Festival & Fur Ball Charleville National Bilby Day Charleville Races Morven Races Carp Busters Fishing Comp
Charleville Cup Festival & Races
Augathella New Year’s Rodeo Charleville New Year’s Eve Fireworks
directory C H A R L E VIL L E / MORV EN / A U GAT HEL L A / COOL A DDI
Waltzing Matilda Motor Inn Alfred St P 07 4654 1720
Warrego Motel/Luxury Units Wills St P 07 4654 1299
Parkside Store 20 Watson St P 07 4654 1546
Bailey Bar Caravan Park 196 King St P 07 4654 1744
DINE IN and TAKEAWAY
Cattle Camp Motel 149 Alfred St P 07 4654 3473
Asian Restaurant 98 Galatea St P 07 4654 2205
Pie Face - United Fuel 79 Wills St P 07 3036 2891
Charleville Bush Caravan Park Lot 1 Frawley St P 0428 545 200
Blue Gum Café 76 Alfred St P 07 4654 1104
Charleville Bush Cottage Lot 1 Frawley St P 0428 545 200
Bowl ‘n’ Bistro Charleville Bowls Club Epacris St P 07 4654 1520
RSL Memorial Club Cnr Watson & River St P 07 4654 1449
Charleville CMCA RV Bush Park 77 Adavale Rd P 02 4978 8788 Charleville Motel 148 King St P 07 4654 1566 Charleville Town Cottage 133 Alfred St P 0427 774 147 Cobb & Co Caravan Park 1 Ridgeway St P 07 4654 1053 or 0412 700 609 Corones Heritage Hotel 33 Wills St P 07 4654 1022 Cosmos Country Motor Inn 27 Sturt St P 07 4654 2499 Evening Star Tourist Park 818 Adavale Rd P 07 4654 2430 Mulga Country Motor Inn Sturt St P 07 4654 3255 Red Lizard Camp Ground Lot 3 Mitchell Highway P 0417 047 076 or 07 4654 7047 The Rocks Motel 74 Wills St P 07 4654 2888 34
Outback Restaurant Mulga Country Motor Inn Lot 118 Sturt St P 07 4654 3255
Café in the Mulga Qantas Drive P 0428 709 557 Cattle Camp Hotel 149 Alfred St P 07 4654 3473 Charlotte’s Nest 120 Alfred St P 07 4654 3969 Cosmos Café Cosmos Centre 1 Milky Way P 07 4654 7771 Flight Deck Café 1 Qantas Dr P 07 4654 3033 Goodies Grill & Grind 165 Parry St P 07 4654 7227 Heinemann’s Bakery 84 Alfred St P 07 4654 3991 Hotel Corones 33 Wills St P 07 4654 1022
The Lucky Elephant 85 Alfred St P 07 4654 1942
FOOD STORES IGA Supa 22 Sturt St P 07 4654 1627 IGA 77 Alfred St P 07 4654 1003
BANKS Commonwealth Bank 61 Alfred St P 07 4654 1455 NAB 21 Wills St P13 22 65 Suncorp Bank 13 Wills St P 13 11 55
POST OFFICE Charleville Post Office 63 Alfred St P 13 13 18
TYRES, MECHANICAL & HARDWARE
Charleville Motel 148 King St P 07 4654 1566
Charleville Refrigeration & Electrical Lot 117 Sturt St P 07 4654 3645
On the Rocks Restaurant 74 Wills St P 07 4654 2888
Charleville Tyre Service Cnr Wills & Parry St P 07 4654 1359
Gordon Panel Beaters Lot 5 Coolabah St P 07 4654 7777
Jones Smash Repairs Sturt St P 07 4654 3909
Augathella Motel & Caravan Park Matilda Highway P 07 4654 5255
JP Motorcycles 112 Parry St P 07 4654 1940
Augathella Palms Motel & Ellangowan Hotel 84 Main St P 07 4654 5241
Gidgee’s Bush Camp Lot 37 Old Charleville Rd P 07 4654 8380 or 0407620360
Home Hardware 76 Edward St P 07 4654 1399
Lap Automotive 1 Wills St P 07 4654 1664 Mulga Tools & Spare Parts 70 Galatea St P 07 4654 1270 Outback Spares 127 Alfred St P 07 4654 2355 Price Rite Tyre Power 133 King St P 07 4654 2261
Augathella Free Camping Grounds Main St Donation
Pick-A-Box Motel 74 Albert St P 07 4654 8448
DINE IN & TAKEAWAY
DINE IN & TAKEAWAY
Augathella Motel & Caravan Park Cnr Landsborough Hwy & Main St P 07 4644 5341
Morven Hotel - Sadleir’s Waterhole Warrego Hwy P 07 4654 8058
Robert Eckels Repairs 88 Edward St P 07 4654 1358
Smiley’s Café & Restaurant (Inside Ellangowan Hotel) 84 Main St P 07 4654 5241
South West Ford & Nissan 50-56 Alfred St P 07 4654 1477
Tas Mini Motors 103-105 Alfred St P 07 4654 1732 Tower Hardware 114 Parry St P 07 4654 1140
FUEL SUPPLIES United Fuel 79 Wills St P 07 3036 2891 United Roadhouse 44 Sturt St P 07 4654 4480
MEDICAL and PHARMACY Charleville Base Hospital 72 King St P 07 4621 2200 Charleville Dental Clinic 72 King Street P 07 4650 5154 Charleville Dental Surgery 69 Edward Street P 07 4654 3335 Charleville Medical Centre 67 Edward Street P 07 4621 2100 Charleville Pharmacy 20 Wills Street P 07 4654 1672
Morven Recreational Grounds End of Bollon Rd, Donation
Frazers Butchery 64 Main St P 04 4654 5101 Friendly Grocer 37 Main St P 07 4654 5230
Morven Truckstop Warrego Hwy P 07 4654 8246 Morven News & Friendly Grocer 68 Albert St P 07 4654 8231 Kill for a Cuppa (Gidgee’s Bush Camp) 1.5km off Warrego Hwy P 07 4654 8380
Morven News & Friendly Grocer 68 Albert St P 07 4654 8231
Augathella Post Office 10 Main St
MEDICAL & PHARMACY
Morven Post Office 66 Albert St P 07 4654 8147
Augathella Doctor’s Surgery 6 Cavanagh St P 07 4654 5125
Augathella Pharmacy 98 Main St P 07 4654 5469 Augathella Hospital Cavanagh St P 07 4656 7100
General services Warrego Repairs 15-21 Main St P 07 4654 5110 Transaction Centre (QGAP and BoQ) 98 Main St P 07 4654 5007
Morven Community Clinic Warrego Highway P 07 4654 8288 Morven Historical Museum 53 Albert St P 07 4654 8131 Morven Library Warrego Highway (old railway building) P 07 4654 8300 Morven Police Station 27 Eurella St P 07 4656 8111 Morven Rural Lot 59. Warrego Highway P 07 4502 6731
Cwaatisch 94 Edward Street P 07 4654 3277
EMERGENCY SERVICES Charleville Ambulance Station 55 Edward St P 07 4654 1970 Charleville Fire and Rescue Station 95 Galatea St P 07 4654 1453 Charleville Police Station 59 Alfred St P 07 4650 5500
Cooladdi Phone coverage: Telstra only within the township Cooladdi Foxtrap Quilpie Rd P 07 4654 0347
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