Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Qld- Charters Towers

Charters Towers is a charming country town about 130 kms west of Townsville and we popped out there for the afternoon.The gold boom between 1872 and 1899 brought people, activity and prosperity to the area. The buildings in the main street have the original facades and you could easily imagine this place in the 1900’s with the horses and carts in the streets. I wanted to see this place because many of the “Australiana” books that I have been reading lately mention Charters Towers as being very important while the state was being populated.
On the way we crossed the Burdekin River which is very wide and at the moment is more sand than water. On the river bank there is a flood marker which in the floods of 1946 was up to 21.7 metres. I can’t imagine where the water comes from as
this area seems quite flat.

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