Charters Towers is about 100 kms west of Townsville and a very pleasant place to visit. There are heaps of really great places to eat. The food quality and quantity along with the price is fantastic. The town was non existent until gold was discovered in 1871 and after that it of course grew a little and became the second largest city in Queensland (after Brisbane) with 11 crushing mills, 65 hotels and the first regional Stock Exchange in Australia. Being a good religious area there was of course never any mention of brothels. There is still one crushing mill in the area but only working on a very small scale.