Given that Charters Towers is inland (from Townsville), behind a mountain range and in the outback, I expected a desert city. The town is filled with trees, though, a lush oasis, though the outback in this area is also dotted with trees, filled with grass and fed by a huge river (the Burdekin River), so it is not quite right to call Charters Towers an oasis either. But the trees are larger and there is a wide variety of them.
The visitor’s center is open 7 days a week and the town has preserved its historic downtown.
I think my favorite thing about Charters Towers was seeing contemporary people living in this historic town — the mix of the old and the new. It is a charming place where I could well imagine living!
Another street shot:
Some of the historic buildings:
The police station:
And every day life:
Modern stores in old buildings:
An open lot with a park behind it, showing some of the trees.