31/5/2017 – 1/6/2017
Billed as Australia’s most iconic town it probably is easy to see why with such a colourful history. It all started with a young aboriginal boy named Jupiter who was rounding up some horses after a lightening strike and found a nugget of gold at the base of Towers Hill – with that a town was born.
Charters Towers was once the second biggest city in Queensland, had racial issues with Chinese workers, murders, hangings, riots, tragic deaths all amongst a thriving economy.
We take a walk up Towers Hill and learn a little more about the WW11 impact on the town with 42 Bunkers, an airfield and plenty of American soldiers. Two of the bunkers have interactive information to listen or watch – fantastic idea.
We walk up to the lookout and then down passed the old chimney remnants that had to be demolished to avoid planes crashing into it.
It is a treat to see a little wallaby, a Allied Rock Wallaby, peeping out at us as we walk down the path – he almost seems as curious as us as he bounds down further along to watch us from a rock. Too cute! Looking around we see quite a few who have made their home up here amongst the rocks.
Back at the caravan park Shane notices a Lorikeet who seems very friendly so shares some of his apple, then came another, then came about 50. Absolutely made our day and such pretty little birds.