Charleville Overview

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Charleville is located at the junction of the Mitchell and Warrego Highways, 270 miles west of Brisbane and is an important regional centre of this cattle and sheep rearing region.

There are many heritage buildings including The Queensland National Bank Building and some fine walks along the Warrego River which flows through the town. Charleville has always had an association with aviation.

Ross and Keith Smith, the first aviators to fly from London to Sydney, landed with mechanical problems in 1919, Amy Johnson landed at Charleville in 1920, the first Qantas airmail flight left from Charleville in 1922 and the Royal Flying Doctors have a base here.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitors Centre is worth visiting and has a film presentation showing the work of the service as well as and exhibits and memorabilia.

National Parks

Today sheep and cattle farming are the towns principal industry.

Of interest in the area are several National Parks, namely Thruston, Chesterton and Carnarvon which features ancient Aboriginal paintings.

Emus to Sheep

Roma is around 270 Km east of Charleville and again sheep and cattle farming are the dominant industry. However, emus are also farmed here, wine is produced at a local vineyard and natural gas is extracted near the town and piped to Brisbane.

There is a good selection of accommodation in the area as Roma is the site of one of the largest cattle markets in the state


Charleville is located in southern central, outback Queensland and has a latitude of 26.4°S and a longitude of 146.2° E.

Driving To Charleville:

Approximate Driving Time/Distance

16Hrs From Sydney (1300Km)

19Hrs From Melbourne (1500Km) )

11Hrs From Brisbane (800Km)

See Route and Distance Calculator for more driving times and routes.

Queensland School & Public Holidays

2008 Public Holidays

New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.

Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.

Good Friday 21st March.

Easter Monday 24th March.

Anzac Day Fri 25th April.

Labour Day Mon 5th May.

Queens Birthday Holiday Mon 9th June.

Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.

Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.

2008 School Holidays

(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)

School Starts Tue 29th January

Easter Holiday 7th April To 11th April.

Winter Holiday 30th June To 11th July.

Spring Holiday 22nd Sept To 3rd Oct.

Summer Holiday 15th Dec To Jan 21st.

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving does not operate in Queensland

Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.

Charleville Climate

These figures are for guidance only:

Historical Average Charleville Climate

Approximate Max Average Temperature

Max Average Temperature

Deg C/ Deg F

Winter(June-Aug):20 / 68

Spring(Sep-Nov):30 / 85

Summer(Dec-Feb):35/ 94

Autumn(Mar-May):28 / 82


Historical AverageCharleville Rainfall


Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Winter(June-Aug): 23

Spring(Sep-Nov): 33

Summer(Dec-Feb): 64

Autumn(Mar-May): 47

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