Date: 27th May 2021
Travelled: 310 kms from Blackall to Charleville
Visited: Charleville, Outback Queensland.
Stayed: Cob & Co Caravan Park, $34, all services. S26.39565, E146.25207
Budget: 47 days @ $141 per day.
The drive from Blackall to Charleville takes almost 5 hours but we stopped for a post swim breakfast (sardines of course as it’s Thursday), then another coffee an hour or so later, then a late lunch.
We continue on, passing through the town of Tambo as we do. Then more of the same.
Map of Charleville, our icon on the Cobb & Co
Arriving in Charleville we drive straight to the information centre, procure a map and some recommendations. The young lady at the information centre was very keen, but maybe it was her first day. It seemed she was full of recommendations but knew absolutely nothing about anything we enquired.
We drive the overnight options, our first choice the CMCA camp at $10 is three kms from the outskirts of Charleville and no cycle path. Our second choice the Cobb & Co is a kilometre from the centre of town and nothing special, but tidy enough. So Cobb & Co it is.
Once we’ve settled in we go for a walk and do some exploring. There are a couple of classic pubs, but many of the shops in the town centre are vacant. Anyway we still enjoy the walk.
We did a little shopping for dinner and head back to the Jayco. The shadows are getting longer and we will be eating in tonight as it‘s too far to walk back to the pub.
The weather has turned as we have continued south. It‘s much cooler today and the wind has a real chill about it. So long sleeves are back and so are cold feet apparently.
We had originally planned on two nights in Charleville, but we may just continue on after lunch as neither the campsite or the town itself is holding our interest. Next morning we go exploring a bit further afield.
We go on to find Charleville’s Historic House Museum, as you can see it is housed in the old Queensland National Bank building. Most of the inside is a lot of brick-a-brack but I found the collection of old carriages and vehicles most interesting. Pam prefers the old bottle collection and the dusty dolls.
The museum had a collection of old roadside plinths. One of these is pictured below. They are mostly relating to the bodies of early pioneers found by or near the roadside. Some sad stories…
From here we go on to the cemetery as we leave town.
Almost forgot to get a picture of the water tower mural, anyway here it is.
So we have done Charleville, without wanting to appear unkind it did’t really ring the bell for us. Anyway we‘re back on the Matilda Way once again…
Michael + Pam