We headed out from Townsville on a day trip to the old mining towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood. Charters Towers, once known locally as ‘The World’ due to the wide variety of nationalities there, is a lively country town and has many restored gold rush buildings which give a flavour of the old days of back breaking work and sudden, unimaginable wealth.
After lunch we headed off to Ravenswood, a town once busy but now passed by but being restored with some lovely old pubs and houses and a huge working gold mine on its doorstep. We paused at the cemetery to find that only a few people lived beyond 60 and several died as infants.
It was all thirsty work and we stopped at the Imperial Hotel for a welcome cold beer or two chatting to the landlady Di who was kind enough to show us some of the old bedrooms which haven’t changed since the 19th century.
Home then and out to a local pub (it’s all pubs!) for a good meal and an early night ready for our onward journey to Eungella National Park tomorrow.