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Charleville is one of outback Queensland’s largest and best equipped country centres of the Murweh Shore - full of fascinating stories and natural beauty. It’s a place that’s made its mark on Australia’s aviation history, being the departure point for Qantas’ first fare paying customer flight back in 1922. Discover more about the regional town that sits on the banks of the Warrego River.


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Places to stay

Charleville is a Queensland iconic town with down to earth country people that offers welcoming accommodation to match the friendly community. Stay in town at one of the motor inns, motels or guest rooms to be closely located to the great old pubs, Golf Course, RSL Club, shops and post office.

Relax, explore history and enjoy the outback lifestyle in town or take a drive and discover natural attractions throughout the region. If you’re passing through town on a self-drive caravan tour or looking for somewhere to camp, you might like to rest and refuel at the caravan park that offers powered sites and self-contained cabins. Families are catered for too with comfortable units and self-contained accommodation options available.

While in Charleville be sure to visit the Cosmos Centre and Observatory and visit the historical attractions. Interestingly, the regional town was a major production centre for Cobb & Co Coaches and the site of a top secret air base used by the Americans right under residents’ noses during World War II that still sits on the airport grounds today- this is one regional town that’s sure to delight adults and children alike.

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Things to do

Get to know the local wildlife or learn about the night sky – we’ve wrapped up some of the best events, activities and attractions for your stay in Charleville. Explore the stars at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory, home to three powerful Meade Telescopes you can try out yourself. Take a step back in time and join a guided tour through the fascinating remains of the top secret air base used by the Americans during World War II. Visiting In November? Join the festivities and you might even back a winner at the Charleville Cup Festival.

Explore the Natural Sciences Loop - a driving trail that takes you through neighbouring towns and national parks where you’ll see beautiful scenery and opal fields. Discover outback communities, local bird species, bilbies, scenic Warrego River and lakes by day and the clearest sky you’ve ever seen by night. Visit the Artesian Time Tunnel and bushlands in Cunnamulla, see Australia’s largest dinosaur fossils in Eromanga or fossick for opals in Quilpie. 

You’ll find a range of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes in town. Heinimann’s Country Bakery and Cafe is a local favourite, or spoil yourself with a steak at Menzies Steakhouse in the Charleville Hotel. Enjoy your time in town, fish in the Warrego River and experience the friendliest of country hospitality.

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Getting around

From the airport

Charleville Airport is located approximately five minutes’ drive from the town centre. Hire cars and taxis are available at the terminal. 

From Brisbane airport

QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Charleville are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.

In and around the city

The town and region is best explored by car. A bus service connects Charleville to some nearby towns.

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Disclaimer:  This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 30 April 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 30 April 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 31 December 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.

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