Cunnamulla to Charleville (1 day's Travel)
On the way to Charleville take a pause at Wyandra to follow the heritage trail which takes you to (among other buildings) the Powerhouse Museum Wyandra housing two massive National engines originally used to provide electricity to the town and also has excellent displays concerning local and town history.
On reaching Charleville there is also a lovely Heritage Walk (brochure from Visitor Information Centre). The town's fascinating history can bee seen at the Historic House which was once the National Bank and residence and now contains memorabilia of early outback life, a Replica Cobb & Co Coach, an Oakwood Station Steam Engine and Rail Ambulance and a variety of old machinery. It's worth also driving past at night when the grounds of the Historic House is lit up for spectacular effect.
The highly original design of the Myendetta Homestead makes it worth taking a Tour. Built in 1910 by Architect Robin Dods it is often referred to as the "House of 100 Doors" and visitors are treated to a history of the house and occupants.
The intriguing Cosmos Centre is one of the highlights of Charleville. There you can view distant stars and currently any visible planets of the solar system and enjoy interactive displays and theatre presentations. Night time tours require booking but well rewards visitors with visions of the night sky relatively free detracting of light pollution.
Another town favourite is the Bilby Night Talk as the endangered Bilby is being bred in Charleville. The talk which tells you all about this illusive species also needs to be booked through the visitor centre.
Opportunity to see displays concerning Tregole, Currawinya, Lake Bindegolly and other National parks can be found at the National Parks and Wildlife Centre which is locally conducting the breeding programs for various endangered animals and has a number of them viewable in their enclosures.
Recreation opportunities include Graham Andrews Parklands (with the Native Timber Walk, the opportunity to feed water birds around the lake and containing the Charleville Visitor Information Centre within its grounds) and the Bicentennial Park (with the unusual attractions of a pair of Rain-making Guns left over from the unsuccessful 1902 experiment to break drought). An idea of what bush life was like in the last century can be experienced by visiting the School of Distance (formally School of the Air) and the Royal Flying Doctor Base (which has old and new equipment and memorabilia on display as well as a documentary to watch) and finding out what a difference these to great organisations have made to the outback.
The Arts & Crafts Centre at the nearby town of Augathella (North of Charleville) has a display of memorabilia and local arts and crafts and gifts (much of which is for purchase) and also the interesting "Outback to Augathella" documentary for you to view..
These are some of the great destinations to see while travelling between Cunnamulla and Charleville. Be sure to add them to your list of places to visit.
- Powerhouse Museum Wyandra
- Heritage Trail
- Heritage Walk
- Cosmos Centre, view stars and planets, Night time tours
- Bakers Bend - fishing
- Historic House, Replica Cobb & Co Coach
- Oakwood Station Steam Engine, Rail Ambulance
- Bilby Night Talk
- National Parks and Wildlife Centre - displays for Tregole NP, Currawinya NP, Lake Bindegolly
- Graham Andrews Parklands
- Native Timber Walk, Feed water birds around lake
- Charlesville Visitor Information Centre
- Bicentenial Park - Rain-making Guns
- School of Distance Education
- Myendetta Homestead Tour
- Royal Flying Doctor Base - Old and new equipment, memorabilia
- Augathella - Arts & Crafts Centre