Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Charters Towers Aerodrome - the northern part of Central Queensland!

This intrepid blogger is currently on a big road trip all over Queensland, arriving today in Townsville from a couple of nice spotting days in Cairns. On the way up North, I passed through Charters Towers - a lovely little town which lies 138 kilometres south-west of Townsville, on the Flinders Highway. So despite being this close to the capital of North Queensland, I would like to consider Charters Towers still to be part of Central Queensland!!

Charters Towers is an historic city built on gold, flourishing during the bustling gold boom of the late 1800s. By the turn of the century it had become Queensland's second largest city, and the honour of having one of the first regional Stock Exchanges built in 1888. A golden city with a colourful past, the lively heritage brings Charters Towers to life, and makes this town a must see on any itinerary.

Anyway here are some images captured on Saturday 11 December at the Airport, showing the small terminal and the apron area and maintenance hangars. There is a good array of stored and visiting aircraft parked on the field. Most are owned locally, with many in line for restoration and sale elsewhere in Australia and overseas. Spotting is easy - over the waist high fence!

There is also this interesting warning sign... only in country Queensland!!

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